Franck Michelin, professor of history at Teikyo University, Tokyo, specializes in relations between Japan and Pacific Rim states, most specifically Indochina, leading up to and during the Pacific War. La guerre du Pacifique a commencé en Indochine 1940–1941 is a welcome addition to existing works by Pierre Brocheux, Daniel Héméry, François Guillemot, Éric Jennings, Jean-François Klein, and David Marr, among others; but more than this, it is a stand-alone breakthrough in our knowledge of the beginning of the Pacific War. Michelin's book is the first to use, in addition to the French and American archival sources, an astonishing number of previously unknown Japanese sources that uncover details of Franco-Japanese negotiations as well as Thai, British, and American connections to these negotiations. The main argument of this book is that the Pacific War did not begin on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor in Hawai‘i, but rather in September 1940, when...

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