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Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War$
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Jon Thares Davidann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832254

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832254.001.0001

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“Colossal Illusions”

“Colossal Illusions”

The Institute of Pacific Relations in U.S.–Japanese Relations, 1919–1938

Chapter 2 “Colossal Illusions”
Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War

Jon Davidann

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the failure of the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR) to promote mutual understanding and create better relations in the Pacific in the interwar period. There are two issues that stand out as the causes of IPR's failure. First, the internationalism of the IPR was surrounded by a resistant strain of nationalism throughout the period from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Second, the IPR believed that a fundamental problem in the Pacific was one of irrationality. IPR members were convinced that if they could bring objective facts to the forefront, they could promote mutual understanding and the tensions would subside.

Keywords:   Institute of Pacific Relations, Pacific, interwar period, World War II, mutual understanding

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