Fletcher explains how three writers--Ryu Shintaro, Royama
Masamichi, and Miki Kiyoshi--who were supporters of democratic
socialism became ideologues for the East Asian bloc ideal that
rationalized Japan's dominance of Asia after 1937, and he
demonstrates how and why they designed the New Order movement of
1940. He concludes that the advocacy of fascism was a reasoned
effort to respond to the ills of industrialization and the
challenges of mobilization for war.
Originally published in 1982.
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