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Friday Roundup: News, Archives, and Useful Links on the Study of War and Society – December 7th 2012

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The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society. This week`s documentary, Seconds From Disaster: Pearl Harbor, gives a good general overview of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor that occurred 71 years ago today. It also covers what aspects of the Japanese attack went according to plan, but also highlights the confusion surrounding the attack and the missed opportunities to deal long term repercussions to the US Navy.

Research

United States Naval History and Heritage Command: Pearl Harbor

The US Navy has provided a simple but resourceful website for anyone interested in doing research on the events at Pearl Harbor. A wide array of oral histories, action reports, photographs,  survivor accounts (from the weeks following the attack), and fact sheets provide enough primary material for any research project. The site even sponsors a small mini-series which gives a good overview of the attack.

 

News

J.L. Granatstein: Ottawa Needs a Defence Policy, Conservative or Otherwise

Granatstein offers a critique to what he believes is a non-existent defence policy. Granatstein does not offer any solution in the article but the piece does raise several questions that do need to be answered. What kind of threats are actually facing Canada? What equipment will the forces need to address these threats?

 

 

General Interests provided by H-Net

The Great War and the Complexity of Military Failure

A great article that looks into the memory of the Great War and how difficult it has become to discuss its military failures rationally. The article explains the incredibly challenging process for historians to understand the complete context that planners and strategists were working under between 1914 and 1918. The author provides examples of how inter-war thinkers did not take into context the challenges of technology and the size of the armies that fought in the trenches, and as a result, created the policies that resulted in even greater death and destruction in the Second World War. This is a very thought-provoking piece and is definitely worth reading.

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