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References and further reading


Dick, Philip K., The Man in the High Castle, Penguin Classics, London 2001
with new introduction by Eric Brown, original edition published 1962.
Philip K. Dick's acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War. In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out. In a neutral buffer zone that divides the rival superpowers in America lives the author of an underground bestseller. His book offers a new vision of reality, giving hope to the disenchanted. Can other, better worlds really exist? 'Dick's finest book, and one of the very best science fiction novels ever published' (from back cover).

Priest, Christopher, The Separation, Gollancz, London 2004
In 1936, twin brothers return to Britain from the Berlin Olympic Games with bronze medals and a young Jewish woman, a refugee from the Nazis, concealed inside their van. This act of compassion sets in train a sequence of events which has the potential to change the course of history.
Soon the brothers' bond is broken apart by their rivalry for the girl, and the first of many separations takes place. World War II is looming, but the brothers take different paths: Jack becomes a RAF pilot; Joe, a conscientious objector, works for the Red Cross. Both are destined to become victims of the war, this pacifist and this warrior.
Five years later, in Britain's hour of greatest danger, an opportunity for peace unexpectedly arises. A larger separation, a dividing of ways, becomes a real possibility. Which one of the brothers is to stride briefly across the stage of history. 'The Separation is not just another respectable realist tome about World War II, but, rather, one of the finest science fiction novels of 2002' (back cover)

Roth, Philip, The Plot Against America, Jonathan Cape, London 2004
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America towards a pointless war with Germany, but, upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and whose virulent anti-Semitic politics he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family - a for a million such families all over the country - during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst. (inside cover flap)

Rutman, Leo, Clash of Eagles, Fawcett Gold Medal/Ballantine Books, New York 1990 has a subtitle notation: a novel of the Nazi occupation of America

Vader, John, Battle of Sydney, New English Library, 1971


Contemporary Opinion

Editorial, 'Some Ostriches use Sand: Others go for "Security"', Salt: authorised education journal of the Australian Army, Volume 2 No. 2, 12 January 1942.
We are fighting for security. Yes, but not for the sort which is stagnation, stooge-ism, standing-still. We want a firm, fair security between nations. A free world is the best security a man can have. We are fighting for a worl in which we can live free, which spins forward instead of stopping or going backwards, in which the price tag on security does not say "Independence, Liberty, Self-respect" but "Initiative, Work, Progress". That is our opinion.

Price, Willard, The Son of Heaven: the Problem of the Mikado, William Heinemann Ltd., London 1945
The question as to what shall be done with the mikado is not one of the questions of the Pacific peace. It is, rather, the question. Now Japan is a partially opened book and we are able to trace the history of the emperors for two thousand years. To understand the flowering and fruiting of the imperial system perhaps we may best start with the present fruit, to-day's incumbent of the throne. The Japanese call him Tenshi because that is not his name. His real name, Hirohito, is too sacred to be breathed by mortal lips and is actually unknown to many Japanese. Shall the Japanese imperial dynasty be preserved? The answer must be sought with soberness and charity. There must be no revenge in it. (This is the Problem, pp1-7)

Reed, Douglas, Lest We Regret, Jonathan Cape, London 1943
Hitler's greatest source of strength is the equality of opportunity for youth in Germany, which is a new thing for that country. National Socialism, in wooing young Germany, has given it one thing which we sorely need in this country. We should be mad to destroy that and set the adult Germans of to-morrow thinking 'Hitler was no so bad after all. At least he gave us wider opportunity; our enemies have taken it from us!'(p212) That refusal to intermarry is their law, not ours. The Jew, not the gentile, builds the Ghetto wall. They keep their self-made Ghetto. In November 1942 a great campaign began about the 'extermination' of the Jews. Any who care to keep note of these things which were said, and to compare them in a few years time with the facts and figures, will possess proof of the greatest example of miss-information in history. (pp249-250)

Walsh, Tom, The Sino-Japanese Conflict, Angus & Robertson, Sydney 1939
This little book is written by one who sincerely wishes to see peace in the Pacific as the sole hope of independence and progress in Australia. Peace most depend upon friendship between the empires of Great Britain and Japan. It is, therefore, a happy circumstance that the shedding of the light of truth on Sino-Japanese affairs not only brings us to acquit Japan of the charges of selfish aggression in China, but arouses a confident trust that co-operation between Japan and China will solve the problem of both countries and open a prospect of lasting peace between the continents of Asia and Australia. (conclusion to introduction, p13)


Allen, Sheila, Diary of a Girl in Changi (1941-1945), 3rd Edition, Kangaroo Press, Pymble 2004

Binsch, Dr. Siegfried, "Sieh mal nach, ob noch Krieg ist!" Dr. Siegfried Binsch schildert seine Überlebensstrategie als Halbwüchsiger im zerstörten Königsberg in den Jahren 1945 bis 1948. ["I check sometimes whether it's still the war": Dr. Siegfried Binsch describes his survival strategy as a semi-blackmarketer in the destroyed Königsberg in the years 1945 to 1948.] http://www.ostsicht.de/index.htm?http://www.ostsicht.de/binsch.htm

Whitecross, Roy H., Slaves of the Son of Heaven: the personal story of an Australian prisoner of the Japanese during the years 1942-1945, Dymocks Book Arcade Ltd., Sydney 1951

Research-based History Writing

Amos, Keith, The New Guard Movement 1931-1935, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1976.

Chapman, Ivan, Tokyo Calling: the Charles Cousens case, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney 1990

Cottle, Drew, The Brisbane Line: a reappraisal, Upfront Publishing, Leicestershire 2002

Hewins, Ralph, Quisling: prophet without honour, WH Allen, London 1965

Jackson, Julian, The Fall of France: the Nazi invasion of 1940, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2003.

Kratoska, Paul, The Japanese Occupation of Malaya 1941-1945: a social and economic history, Allen & Unwin, St, Leonards 1998

Lamont-Brown, Raymond, Kempeitei: Japan's dreaded military police, Sutton Publishing, Stroud 1998

Mayer, S.L., (Ed) The Japanese War Machine, Ure Smith, Sydney 1976

Muirden, Bruce, The Puzzled Patriots: the story of the Australia First Movement, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1968.

Sack, John, An Eye for an Eye: the untold story of Jewish revenge against Germans in 1945, Basic Books, New York 1993

Stephen, John J., The Kuril Islands: Russo-Japanese frontiers in the Pacific, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1974.


Evacuation of the Civilian Population of New South Wales, with foreword from Minister in Charge of Civil Evacuation, Acting Government Printer, Sydney 1943

Gregory's Street Directory of Sydney and Suburbs and Metropolitan Road Guide, 26th Standard Glove Box Copy, Gregory's Guides and Maps, Sydney nd (1961?)

Jackson, D.G.M., Formosa and the Chinese Nationalists: studies in South East Asia 2, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne 1964.

McMinn, N., 'More New Camellias and all about them', Your Garden, Melbourne, February 1964

McRae, Alan, 'Paper Money of War', The Australasian Coin & Banknote Collectables Magazine, 5(6), July 2002: 33-38

Piovensana SJ, Gino K., Recent Japanese Philosophical Thought 1862-1962: a survey, Enderle Bookstore, Tokyo 1963

Sparnon, N.J., 'Ikebana schools and styles', Your Garden, Melbourne, February 1963

xx words at 19 January 2005
Text copyright Bruce Baskerville
Picture sources:
leftImperial Mon, from http://www.fotw.net/flags/jp-royal.html