The End of the Pacific War

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-03-01
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

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This book offers state-of-the-art reinterpretations of the reasons for Japan's decision to surrender: Which was the critical factor, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the Soviet Union's entry into the war? Writing from the perspective of three different nationalities and drawing on newly available documents from Japan, the United States, and the former Soviet Union, five distinguished historians review the evidence and the argumentsand agree to disagree. The contributors are Barton J. Bernstein, Richard Frank, Sumio Hatano, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, and David Holloway.

Author Biography

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is Professor of Modern Russian and Soviet History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His publications include The Northern Territories Dispute and Russo-Japanese Relations, vol. 1: Between War and Peace, 1967-1985; vol. 2: Neither War Nor Peace, 1985-1998(1998); and Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan (2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Contributorsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Introducing the Interpretive Problems of Japan's 1945 Surrender: A Historiographical Essay on Recent Literature in the Westp. 9
Ketsu Go: Japanese Political and Military Strategy in 1945p. 65
The Atomic Bomb and Soviet Entry into the War: Of Equal Importancep. 95
The Atomic Bombs and the Soviet Invasion: Which Was More Important in Japan's Decision to Surrender?p. 113
Jockeying for Position in the Postwar World: Soviet Entry into the War with Japan in August 1945p. 145
The Soviet Factor in Ending the Pacific War: From the Neutrality Pact to Soviet Entry into the War in August 1945p. 189
Conclusion: The Interpretive Dialogue, 1989-2005, and Various Proposals for Understanding the Ending of the War and Why and How Japan Surrenderedp. 228
Notesp. 243
Bibliographical Notep. 299
Select Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 321
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