Eagle against the Sun: World War II in the Pacific

Frequently relegated to a secondary role in European-dominated perspectives on WWII, the Second World War began in Asia with the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 and ended in Asia with the surrender of Japan in 1945.  This course will take a close look at the Asia-Pacific Theater and will examine Japan’s motives to go to war and its initial successes; the conduct of the war on the continent in the China-Burma-India Theater; the U.S. Pacific island-hopping strategy to counter Japan; and the reasons for Japan’s failure and the Allied Powers’ ultimate victory.

Instructor:  Mark Ericson was raised in Japan.  He has a doctorate in Japanese History and has taught courses focusing on East Asian Civilization for over 40 years, including several courses for ALL.  He is an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Maryland University College.


Location:  Zoom.  Class is limited to 10 participants.


Day and Time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 23 – April 13, at 11:00 am.


Fee:  $20


Materials to be Purchased:  None