Japanese Motivations for the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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A. Plan of the Investigation This investigation asks the question, what was the motivation of the Japanese government behind the air attack on Pearl Harbor? To assess these motivations, the significance of Pear Harbor, the result of the attack, the overall intentions of the Japanese government, as well as the relations with them and the United States are being identified and evaluated in this investigation. In addition, the attack itself must be evaluated to have a full understanding of the attack and its intention.
B. Summary of Evidence The Japanese military strike on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7th, 1941. The attack cost the U.S. 18 ships and 347 planes, and 2403 lives were lost. (Lord 219-220). On September 18th, 1931, the
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By November 5th, the plan to attack Pearl Harbor was already decided on (Wohlstetter 340).
C. Evaluation of sources
The novel Pearl Harbor Ghosts: The Legacy of December 7, 1941 by Thurston Clarke is an in-depth look into the impact of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Clarke graduated from Yale University, Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has written 12 books, all but one being non-fiction. He often writes about historical and modern events. This sources purpose is to analyze events leading to the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor through the accounts of those that experienced it. The value of this book comes from its clear focus on detail and accuracy. The facts in this novel are all told from the perspective of those who were present. Clarke’s insight and research blends in with these accounts to give a full view of the event. These points are, unfortunately, a hindering factor of the source. The major limitation of this source is it’s narrow point of view. Interviewees are always in some respect sympathetic to the U.S. Also, the author doesn’t state when he was given his information. This means some interviews could have been recorded years after the event, making them less credible. A much different piece of work is The Pacific War, 1931-1945: A Critical Perspective on Japan's Role in

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