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‘The silent fight’: submarine rearmament and the origins of Japan’s military engagement with the Cold War, 1955–76

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Original languageEnglish
JournalCold War History
Early online date25 Jun 2019
Accepted/In press29 Apr 2019
E-pub ahead of print25 Jun 2019

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This paper examines new Japanese primary source materials to reassess the significance of Japanese rearmament during the early stages of the Cold War in two ways. First, the paper shows how, in the area of submarine development, the post-war navy approached rearmament as an opportunity to address wartime failures with the support and professional mentorship of the US Navy. Second, whilst submarines were considered as outside the scope of Japanese defence posture, the navy had a crucial agency role in shaping how this branch of naval warfare was integrated into the country’s strategy with significant consequences for the later stages of the Cold War.

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