History essay Using these four passages and your own knowledge, asses the view that Japan was driven into war with the western powers in 1941 by American policies.

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History essay
Using these four passages and your own knowledge, asses the view that Japan was driven into war with the western powers in 1941 by American policies.
Both interpretations B and D prove that America was the only driving force that caused a war in the Pacific. The oil embargo that America enforced in 1940 was an incentive for Japan, a country very reliant on imports of which most primarily came from America feeding its daily usage of 12,000 tons of oil,to declare war on the country that was slowing its progress to conquer China. Interpretation B states that “moderates and militants alike saw American pressure as provocative” thus creating a tension in the Pacific, with the American foreign policy at the forefront of the
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To summarise this interpretation although it shows that America holds back Japan through its strict rationing of resources in the South East Asia, Japan’s leaders had their particular policies which involved expansion and so American decisions would not have changed the inevitable outcome of war. However the reliability of the interpretation is undependable as the argument against the leaders “fateful choices” were the decisions of “mentalists” and no such evidence and or facts were used to justify the historians view and Japan’s actions as to why they made the decision to advance south in 1940.
Interpretations A and C both make arguments that it wasn’t America’s foreign policy’s causing war. Interpretation A makes the dispute that “nothing could have prevented a Japanese-American war after Japan’s takeover of French Indochina in July 1941”, America had a reason to be worried about the future of the Pacific as before July 1941 “lay the shadow of Japanese aggression in China” again the Japanese aggression and expansionist policies linked with interpretation D is evidence that it was Japan’s policies not America’s that were driving them closer that would eventually lead to war. Japan had no real plan as to how they would fight off the “Menace”. Again this speculates that Japanese aggression was not thought through and they were “blinded by easy victories”. This meant that Japanese violence had no end in

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