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History Research Guide - World War II: Japan

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in Library

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

What reason did the Japanese have to withdrawing the the League of Nations? Why did the Japanese invade China in 1937? What did they have to gain? What did they do in China?  

Why do we consider Japan an Axis power? Did Germany and Japan ever sign any agreements that stated they were together? What goals did Japan and Germany share? What were Japan's reasons for declaring war against the Allies?

What strategies did the Allies use to attack Japan during the war? How was Japan treated after the war? What steps did the Japanese government take to rebuild? How have they risen from a war ruined country to their economic position today?

Online Resources

A Dense Column of Smoke Rises


A Dense Column of Smoke Rises... [Atomic Bomb over Nagasaki] August 8, 1945. Courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.