ChinaTalk: Imperial Japan + Export Controls = Pearl Harbor!?

By Jordan Schneider
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 1:38 PM

What can U.S.-China relations learn from U.S.-Japan relations in the leadup to WWII? To discuss, I’m joined by Stony Brook University’s Michael Barnhart, author of the 1987 Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search for Economic Security, 1919–1941 and the more recent Can You Beat Churchill?: Teaching History through Simulations (, with Scholar’s Stage essayist Tanner Greer (@Scholars_Stage) cohosting.

We discuss:

  • What motivated Japan to invade China
  • Why FDR was particularly worried about a Japanese invasion of the USSR
  • Why Japan and the Nazis thought the West would be on their side
  • The benefits of paying attention to mid level bureaucrats

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Outro music: Bei Mir Bist Du Shein by The Andrew Sisters

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