Ma Boning - The Radicalization of Japan Pre-WWII

While we have many books and scholars discussing the rise of fascism in Europe, we nearly forget about Imperial Japan, which contributed no less to the atrocities of World War II than Germany did. There are so many unanswered questions about the era: the significance of the years 1853-1945 [when] Japan transformed from a feudal agricultural nation to one of the leading capitalist industrial powers of the world while leaving the majority of its people in poverty.