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From Allies to Enemies

Spain, Japan and the Axis in World War II

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  • The first to cover the relationship between Japan and Spain in WW2 that helped with the Japanese war effort
  • Reveals how the government of the United States used its intelligence for its objectives
  • Demonstrates how the government of General Franco tried to declare war on Japan in 1945 in order to enter the UN

Part of the book series: New Directions in East Asian History (NDEAH)

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To understand the turnaround in Spain’s stance towards Japan during World War II, this book goes beyond mutual contacts and explains through images, representations, and racism why Madrid aimed at declaring war on Japan but not against the III Reich -as London ironically replied when it learned of Spain’s warmongering against one of the Axis members.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Florentino Rodao

About the author

Florentino Rodao is a Professor of Modern History at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He has two Ph. D’s (Complutense and the University of Tokyo) and has also taught in the universities of Ateneo de Manila, Keiō, Wisconsin-Madison, Puerto Rico and Tokyo University of Foreign Affairs. As visiting scholar and such, he has been at Australian National, Tokyo at Komaba, Harvard, South Pacific at Laucala, California at Berkeley and Hawai’I at Mānoa.

Rodao has worked extensively on Spanish interactions with East Asia and the Pacific. Besides edited books and articles, he authored Españoles en Siam, 1540-1939. Una contribución al estudio de la presencia hispana en Asia Oriental (1997), and has published extensively on the Philippines, such as Franquistas sin Franco. Una historia alternativa de la Guerra Civil Española desde Filipinas (2012). He has also published for wider audiences, such as La Soledad del País Vulnerable. Japón since 1945(2019).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: From Allies to Enemies

  • Book Subtitle: Spain, Japan and the Axis in World War II

  • Authors: Florentino Rodao

  • Series Title: New Directions in East Asian History

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-8472-3Published: 21 February 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-8475-4Published: 22 February 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-8473-0Published: 20 February 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2522-0195

  • Series E-ISSN: 2522-0209

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVIII, 342

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History, general, European History, History of World War II and the Holocaust, History of Japan, Political Science

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