World War II: The War With Japan

Military historian John Bradley provides an overview of the paths leading to the Allied-Japanese conflict during World War II. Includes highlights of significant battles and warfare methods, as well as reflections on the war, its impact and its legacies.

Painting of Japanese war plane

War swept like a scythe through Asia and the Pacific in 1941 and 1942. The better-armed and better-trained Japanese crushed the mostly ineffectual Allied resistance, leading to humiliating Allied surrenders. The Japanese soldiers were formidable foes—yet by 1945, it became clear that they could not defeat modern armies and navies. Military historian John Bradley provides an overview of the paths leading to the Allied-Japanese conflict, an account of some of the significant battles encountered and a look at different methods of warfare. He also offers reflections and comments about the war, its impact and its legacies.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1128.F17.1 John Bradley On-campus 7–9 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: John Bradley
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–9 p.m.
START DATE: Sept. 19, 2017

Instructor: John Bradley

John Bradley, M.A., a civilian prisoner of war of the Japanese, veteran of the Vietnam War, graduate of West Point and retired U.S. Army officer, has taught courses in U.S. history, military history, World War II and the Vietnam War at the University of Houston-Downtown and, since 2009, at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He is principal author of “The Second World War: Asia and the Pacific” and its accompanying atlas. He also published the story of an American cavalry officer who perished in captivity: “Remind Me to Tell You: A History of Major Harry J. Fleeger and His Friends, POWs of the Japanese.” Mr. Bradley holds a master’s degree in history from Rice University and has taught military history at West Point. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 19, 2017

End Date: Nov. 07, 2017

Schedule: 7–9 p.m.

Length: Eight Tuesdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $225

Early Registration: $215 if registering by Sept. 5

Rice Alumni: $203

CEUs: 1.6

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