This week: Hirohito goes to war. What did he know, how much did he direct things himself, and ultimately, how much responsibility does he bear for the greatest cataclysm in the history of East Asia?
Listen to the episode here.
Bix, Herbert. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan.
Wetzler, Peter. Hirohito and War: Imperial Tradition and Military Decision Making in World War II Japan.
Large, Stephen. Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan: A Political Biography.