Racing the Enemy Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan

ISBN-10: 0674022416

ISBN-13: 9780674022416

Edition: 2005

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Description: With startling revelations, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa rewrites the standard history of the end of World War II in the Pacific. By fully integrating the three key actors in the story--the United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan--Hasegawa for the first time puts the last months of the war into international perspective. From April 1945, when Stalin broke the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and Harry Truman assumed the presidency, to the final Soviet military actions against Japan, Hasegawa brings to light the real reasons Japan surrendered. From Washington to Moscow to Tokyo and back again, he shows us a high-stakes diplomatic game as Truman and Stalin sought to outmaneuver each other in forcing Japan's surrender; as Stalin dangled mediation offers to Japan while secretly preparing to fight in the Pacific; as Tokyo peace advocates desperately tried to stave off a war party determined to mount a last-ditch defense; and as the Americans struggled to balance their competing interests of ending the war with Japan and preventing the Soviets from expanding into the Pacific. Authoritative and engrossing, Racing the Enemy puts the final days of World War II into a whole new light.

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List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Cold War Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Note on Transliteration and Spelling
Introduction: Race to the Finish
Triangular Relations and the Pacific War
Stalin, Truman, and Hirohito Face New Challenges
Decisions for War and Peace
Potsdam: The Turning Point
The Atomic Bombs and Soviet Entry into the War
Japan Accepts Unconditional Surrender
August Storm: The Soviet-Japanese War and the United States
Conclusion: Assessing the Roads Not Taken
Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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