World War Two in Asia Map

World War Two saw Japan sweep the European colonial powers aside as it attempted to gain access to the oilfields of the Dutch East Indies. In its attempt to do so, it also needed to attack the American colony in the Philippines which they felt necessitated the attack on Pearl Harbour to neutralise the American fleet. This only succeeded in bringing America even more directly into the political shaping of Asia after successfully defeating the Japanese.

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by Stephen Luscombe