Reasons that Japan Involved the U.S. in War
For more than fifty years, historians and social scientists have been questioning whether or not the United States was already “at war” prior to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Because of the conflict that already existed regarding Japan’s expansionist practices, the United States may or may have not needed to have its hand forced in the official designation of war in the Pacific. As the Japanese Empire had grown, so had its control over its territories. For example, in the early 1930s, Japan invaded Manchuria, a clear sign that the Japanese did not intend to lessen their efforts to gain control throughout Asia. The Japanese, who had blocked a number of Russian incursions into Manchuria, were moving in to gain control of the region's plentiful coal and iron, which Japan sorely lacked. In 1937, Japanese and Chinese forces fought near Beijing resulting in Japan’s occupation of northern China. The United State...