Pearl Harbor @ 75 A Symposium on the attack of Pearl Harbor and the road to World War II

Few events are so ingrained into the American psyche and popular culture as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite the attack’s centrality in America’s road to war narrative, most Americans know very little about the causes of the event. Our abridged understanding goes something like this: on December 7, 1941, the empire of Japan launched a sneak attack against the United States for no reason. Japan’s ambassadors had been engaged in discussions with American diplomats as a smokescreen, masking the “evil empire’s” true intentions—world domination. This retelling of the events is not only inaccurate, it does disservice to history.

Pearl Harbor@75 examined the attack on Pearl Harbor from diverse perspectives—cultural, economic, military, national, political, and social—with the intention of creating a sustained dialog to facilitate a greater understanding of this seminal event in world history.

November 7, 2016

Director of the Center for Historical Research, Professor David Wittner, welcomes attendees

Frank Jacob, Queens Community College—CUNY

The Russo–Japanese War as the First Step on the Road to Pearl Harbor

Carl Boggs, National University

From Pearl Harbor to the ‘Asian Pivot’: Contours of U.S. Imperialism in the Pacific

William Ashbaugh, SUNY–Oneonta

“The Last Chance to Avoid War between Japan and the United States: Summer 1940 and Connecting the Asian War to the European War”

David Ulbrich, Rogers State University

The U.S. Marine Corps and the Coming of Pearl Harbor: A Study of Prescient Planning
Time for lunch

Paul Thompson, Society for Military History

Orange, White, and Red: Pearl Harbor and the Militarization of the American Homeland

Tom Pollard, National University

Misremembering Pearl Harbor: Stereotypes, Xenophobia, and Racism

Hal Friedman, Henry Ford College

Strategy, Culture, and the Language of Defeat: Changing Interpretations of Japan’s Naval Demise in Post-1945 Japanese Naval Historiography
Walter E. Grunden, Bowling Green State University
"FDR Knew!" Myth as History: The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory 75 Years After


Photos courtesy of Chris Fobare and Anthony Rydell

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