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The Standard-Vacuum Oil Company and United States East Asian Policy, 1933-1941

The Standard-Vacuum Oil Company and United States East Asian Policy, 1933-1941

By Irvine H. Anderson, Jr.

Princeton University Press, 1975, 260 pp.

This is an original contribution to an understanding of the coming of the Pacific war. The author offers no simple theory of economic determinism, but shows instead how, under the stress of Japanese expansion, "lines of demarcation between diplomatic, military, and corporate responsibility became increasingly blurred."