Day of Infamy: Why Japan Attacked Pearl Harbor, and What We Can Learn From It

Where and when

December 7, 2020 —
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.


December 7th is the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that historians are still working to understand. Virtually no one among Japan’s leadership in 1941 wanted war with the United States, and most recognized that if war happened there was a good chance that Japan would lose. Why, then, did the country’s military and civilian leaders decide to attack Pearl Harbor, deliberately committing an act of war? What were the decisions made in both Washington and Tokyo that made war inevitable, and what can we learn from those decisions today?

The help answer some of these questions, and to commemorate the anniversary, Ashbrook is hosting a webinar with Dr. John Moser, Professor of History at Ashland University and co-chair of Ashbrook’s graduate program. Moser is an expert on World War II and the author of four books, the most recent of which is “The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II.”

In this webinar, Executive Director Jeff Sikkenga will host a conversation with Dr. Moser, welcoming questions from the audience.

This event has passed. A recording is available below.