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A list of key readings about Manchukuo.
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  • Cohen, Warren I. America's Response to China (2000) excerpt and text search
  • Coox, Alvin D. , "The Kwantung Army Dimension," in The Japanese Informal Empire in China, 1895–1937, ed. Peter Duus, Ramon H. Myers, and Mark R. Peattie (1989), 395–428
  • Coox, Alvin D. Nomonhan: Japan Against Russia, 1939 (1985).
  • Duus, Peter et al, eds. The Japanese Wartime Empire, 1931–1945, (1996)
  • Gordon, David M. The China-Japan War, 1931–1945. The Journal of Military History v70#1 (2006) 137-182; major historiographical overview of all important books and interpretations; in Project Muse
  • Hall, Andrew Reed. "Constructing a `Manchurian' Identity: Japanese Education in Manchukuo, 1931-1945." PhD dissertation U. of Pittsburgh 2003. 347 pp. DAI 2005 65(8): 3119-A. DA3144935 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Han, Suk-Jung. "Puppet Sovereignty: The State Effect of Manchukuo, from 1932 to 1936." PhD dissertation U. of Chicago 1995. 360 pp. DAI 1996 56(8): 3339-A. DA9542710 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Hirano, Kenichiro. "The Japanese in Manchuria 1906-1931: A Study of the Historical Background of Manchukuo." PhD dissertation Harvard U. 1983. 640 pp. DAI 1983 44(6): 1890-A. DA8322364 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Hunt, Michael H. Frontier Defense and the Open Door: Manchuria in Chinese-American Relations, 1895-1911 (1973)
  • Iguchi, Haruo. "Yoshisuke Ayukawa and U.S.-Japan Business and Diplomatic Relations: Nissan, Manchuria, and America, 1937-1952." PhD dissertation U. of Chicago 1995. 580 pp. DAI 1996 56(8): 3264-A. DA9542752 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Iriye, Akira and Warren Cohen, eds. American, Chinese, and Japanese Perspectives on Wartime Asia, 1931–1949, (1990)
  • Jowett, Philip. Rays of the Rising Sun, Volume 1: Japan's Asian Allies 1931-45, China and Manchukuo (vol 1 2005) excerpt and text search
  • Lee, Chong-Sik. Revolutionary Struggle in Manchuria: Chinese Communism and Soviet Interest, 1922–1945 (1983).
  • Levine, Steven I. Anvil of Victory: The Communist Revolution in Manchuria, 1945–1947 (1987).
  • Morley, James William, ed. The China Quagmire: Japan's Expansion on the Asian Continent, 1933–1941, (1983)
  • Murnane, John R. "Japan's Monroe Doctrine? Re-framing the Story of Pearl Harbor." History Teacher 2007 40(4): 503-520. Issn: 0018-2745 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Neu, Charles E. Troubled Encounter: The United States and Japan (1979)
  • Shao, Dan. "Ethnicity in Empire and Nation: Manchus, Manzhouguo, and Manchuria (1911-1952)." PhD dissertation U. of California, Santa Barbara 2002. 285 pp. DAI 2003 63(9): 3314-A. DA3064768 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Suleski, Ronald. "Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism," Pacific Affairs, Vol. 72, 1999 online edition
  • Tanner, Harold M. "Guerrilla, Mobile, and Base Warfare in Communist Military Operations in Manchuria, 1945–1947," Journal of Military History 67 (October 2003): 1177–1222.
  • Thorne, Christopher. The Limits of Foreign Policy: The West, the League and the Far Eastern Crisis of 1931-1933 (1972)
  • Treiber, John Karl. "Mapping Manchuria: The Japanese Production of Knowledge in Manchuria-Manchukuo to 1945." PhD dissertation U. of Hawaii 2004. 361 pp. DAI 2005 65(10): 3949-A. DA3151130 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Wilson, Sandra. The Manchurian Crisis and Japanese Society, 1931-33, (2002) online edition
  • Yamamuro, Shin'ichi. Manchuria under Japanese Dominion. (2006). 335 pp.
  • Young, Louise. Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism (1998).