The Fateful Years: Japan Adventures in the Philippines, 1941-45, vol.II
The Fateful Years: Japan Adventures in the Philippines, 1941-45, Volume II by Teodoro A. Agoncillo, he explains its tragic features as basically rooted in the failure of the Japanese to understand the implications of the Philippine history and the psycology of the Filipinos. It was published by University of the Philippines Press in 2001.
About the book
Opening his study of the Japanese occupation with a brief survey of Japan's rise to power, the author sketches the events of 1941, which ultimately led to Pearl Harbor, with the bold strokes of a trained painter. He narrates and describes the steps taken by the American and [[Philippine| Philippine governments to prepare the Filipinos for a total war that nobody liked but which everybody feared would come with an impact of tremendous proportions. Basing his account of the war years mostly on the primary sources and on his personal observation and experience, Mr. Agoncillo portrays in vivid narrative the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, the passion and calvary of the USAFFE, and the tragic life of Camp O'Donnell. To be a part of the story at the same time to be its narrator and interpreter is extremely hazardous and difficult. Mr. Agoncillo has successfully hurled this dificulty. Although narrating and describing the events from the Filipino viewpoint, he nevertheless tries to understand the “other-side” and gives credit where it is due. He spares neither the Japanese nor the American and Filipino guerillas who, he believes, exceeded their enthusiasm in espousing antagonistic causes.
Volume One of the study delineates the rise of Japan to a great power, from the war with China in 1894 to the so-called “China incident” in 1937; the diplomatic meneuvers that failed to prevent Pearl Harbor; the debacle at Bataan and the reduction of Corregidor; the Japanese attempts to fashion a Filipino government responsive to their needs; the Japanese impositions, severity, and unfriendly conduct toward the Filipinos; the educational and religious re-orientation of the Filipinos under Japanese auspices; the birth of the Republic with Japanese samurai swords over its head; and Filipino responses to Japanese acts and ideological propaganda . In the second volume, Mr. Agoncillo discusses the social and economical conditon of the country; the cultural aspects of the occupation; the underground movement; the controversy in Washington D.C. Over the presidential succession; the flight of the Laurel government; and the return of the liberation of forces. In assessing the Japanese adventure in the Philippines fyring the fateful years 1941-1945, Mr. Agoncillo explains its tragic features as basically rooted in the failure of the Japanese to understand the implications of the Philippine history and the psycology of the Filipinos.
- Agoncillo, Teodoro A. The Fateful Years: Japan Adventures in the Philippines, 1941-45, Volume II. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2001.