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@T.E.D. I guess that I have to answer my own question, because I'm not allowed to comment yet. I had thought of referring to specific POWs, because the best examples I have come from memoirs out of books like Defiant, which is about the Alcatraz 11. I think that will make the presentation more effective. Do you know of any specific content about my topic ...


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One thing you might consider is finding someone's memoirs of their experience in the camp, and presenting a small bit of that. I say this because the author of Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing was worried his material was too dry and antiseptic given the topic*, and that's roughly how he handled it. Pretty much every ...


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Japan did not conquer Vietnam, it had already been conquered by the French. For most of the war Japan left the existing French colonial government in place and negotiated the rights to station troops there and move them through the country. Initially, Japan was only interested in Northern Indochina to cut off supplies to China. To this end they signed an ...


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The Japanese conquered Singapore a much more visible, if smaller target with some 35,000 men (far fewer than the defenders). They also conquered the Philippines with a force of about 130,000 men, against mixed American-Filipino forces. That was because of two reasons. 1) the Japanese troops were better at jungle fighting than the French, British and ...


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Japan was only occupying small areas that had economic importance, not trying to control the whole country. Also, in world wars soldiers do not guff around. If civilians misbehave, they will just go in and machine gun everybody. When the U.S. was in Viet Nam, we put all sorts of political restrictions on the soldiers, such as not allowing them to shoot ...


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The Purple Forbidden City in Hue is an imitation of The Purple Forbidden City in Beijing, since the Vietnamese Empire was an imitation of the Chinese Empire. According to Wikipedia, "purple" is (for some reason) the Chinese name of the North star, believed to be the home of the Celestial Emperor.



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