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Prelude to Pearl Harbor
Gerald E. Wheeler


The Commitments of American Far Eastern Policy:
China and the Philippine Islands


The Problem of Japan


The United States Navy and the Japanese "Enemy"


The Navy Tightens its Helmet String:
Fleet Reorganizations and War Planning


The Fight for a Battle Fleet


Diplomacy Through a Porthole:
The Geneva Naval Conference Failure


The State Department Takes the Helm:
The London Naval Conference


Technical Details

Edition Used

The edition used in this transcription was that of my own copy, Second printing, 1968; © The Curators of the University of Missouri 1963. That copyright was not renewed in 1990 or 1991 as was required by the then law in order to be maintained. The work is thus in the public domain; details here on the copyright law involved.

For citation and indexing purposes, the pagination is shown in the right margin of the text at the page turns (like at the end of this line);p57 these are also local anchors. Sticklers for total accuracy will of course find the anchor at its exact place in the sourcecode.

In addition, I've inserted a number of other local anchors: whatever links might be required to accommodate the author's own cross-references, as well as a few others for my own purposes. If in turn you have a website and would like to target a link to some specific passage of the text, please let me know: I'll be glad to insert a local anchor there as well.


As almost always, I retyped the text by hand rather than scanning it — not only to minimize errors prior to proofreading, but as an opportunity for me to become intimately familiar with the work, an exercise which I heartily recommend: Qui scribit, bis legit. (Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: gambit declined.)

My transcription has been minutely proofread. In the table of contents above, the sections are shown on blue backgrounds, indicating that I believe the text of them to be completely errorfree. As elsewhere on this site, the header bar at the top of each chapter's webpage will remind you with the same color scheme.

The printed book was remarkably well proofread; the single typographical error is trivial, and therefore marked by a dotted underscore like this: as elsewhere on my site, glide your cursor over the bullet or the underscored words to read the variant. Similarly, bullets before measurements provide conversions to metric, e.g., 10 miles.

A number of odd spellings, curious turns of phrase, etc. have been marked <!‑‑ sic ‑‑> in the sourcecode, just to confirm that they were checked.

Any other mistakes, please drop me a line, of course: especially if you have a copy of the printed book in front of you.

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