Airplanes and the Rising Sun

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A collection of film footage from the 1930s highlights the social and economic changes which characterize that period in Japan. The airplane was a major factor in shrinking the globe; Lindbergh had soloed across the Atlantic, and now the airplane also brought Japan closer. Here the worldwide depression led to the resurgence of militarism and the attack on Chinese Manchuria. The so-called Manchurian Incident strengthened the Japanese military as well as the Japanese economy, which now had both a source of raw materials and a market for Japanese goods. Thus Emperor Hirohito, said to be a deity, was too weak to save his own country from its military.
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen; British Broadcasting Corporation; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Asian Culture; Japanese Culture; Government, Law, Politics; Asian Studies; Japan; Government, Law, Politics; Mukden Incident, 1931; Japan History Shōwa period, 1926-1989; Japan History, Military
North America; United States; New Jersey
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In Copyright
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Physical Description
27 minutes; color


Access condition: campus-only.

Creation/Production Credits

Narrated by David Swift.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-090358; Fedora 2 PID: umd:2171; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/1200; OCLC: ocm55770020; Catalog Key: alephsys003141084; Catalog Key: FFH 2264

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