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The Secret of Success

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An interesting example of the way historiography stimulates its own growth is afforded by the development of one book listed in that 1956 issue of Shuppan: Takagi Tashirō, who had been a war correspondent in Burma, published an account of the imperial campaign in 1949. This campaign was crucial in the Burma War, since it involved more Japanese troops than any other battle in any other theatre, ended in the decisive defeat of the Japanese in their attempt to break into India, and left Burma open to the advance to Rangoon of the 14th Army in later 1944 and 1945. The number of writers who take Japanese military historiography into account when they write their own version of events is still infinitesimal, and the enforced reliance on translated sources can often be a drawback for the individual researcher.

Keywords:Burma; imperial campaign; Japanese historiography; Takagi Tashirō



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