About the Show
This episode begins with the Empire of Japan rising on the international Stage. In 1931, the political structures that allowed the military to operate outside of the control of civilian government result in the invasion of Manchuria. A new view of Japan's divine destiny under the Emperor emerges. Political ideology grows to support Japanese expansion. 1937 sees the full-scale invasion of China. The episode closes on the surprise attack of Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. Part 1 of 4.