Naval War College Review


S. C. M. Paine.


Charles Schencking, in charting Japan’s creation of the world’s third-largest navy by 1922, illuminates the workings of the Japanese political system and the evolution of both interservice rivalries and civil-military relations in the de- cades preceding World War II. He bases his history on an impressive reading of Japanese and English-language primary and secondary sources to produce a story with political implications far be- yond the history of one service.