Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

By Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

With startling revelations, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa rewrites the traditional heritage of the tip of global struggle II within the Pacific. through totally integrating the 3 key actors within the story--the usa, the Soviet Union, and Japan--Hasegawa for the 1st time places the final months of the conflict into foreign viewpoint. From April 1945, whilst Stalin broke the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact and Harry Truman assumed the presidency, to the ultimate Soviet army activities opposed to Japan, Hasegawa brings to mild the true purposes Japan surrendered. From Washington to Moscow to Tokyo and again back, he exhibits us a high-stakes diplomatic video game as Truman and Stalin sought to outmaneuver one another in forcing Japan's quit; as Stalin dangled mediation deals to Japan whereas secretly getting ready to struggle within the Pacific; as Tokyo peace advocates desperately attempted to stave off a battle get together decided to mount a last-ditch security; and because the americans struggled to stability their competing pursuits of finishing the battle with Japan and combating the Soviets from increasing into the Pacific. Authoritative and engrossing, Racing the Enemy places the ultimate days of worldwide struggle II right into a complete new mild. (20050515)

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The report also paid special attention to Grew’s statement that the question of the emperor should be left undecided until the war was over to find out whether the institution of the emperor would be an asset or a liability. The report emphatically stated that though public opinion remained divided on the status of the emperor, on the subject of the need for democratic reforms to eradicate militarism there was no dissent. On the basis of open publications alone, the Foreign Ministry accurately gauged the Allies’ public opinion.

Some felt that the emperor could serve as a stabilizing force after the war, whereas others saw the emperor system as the source of militarism. The report also paid special attention to Grew’s statement that the question of the emperor should be left undecided until the war was over to find out whether the institution of the emperor would be an asset or a liability. The report emphatically stated that though public opinion remained divided on the status of the emperor, on the subject of the need for democratic reforms to eradicate militarism there was no dissent.

Roosevelt immediately declared war against Japan. Hitler in turn declared war against the United States, whereupon the United States entered the war in Europe as well as in the Pacific. Stalin must have been pleased with this development. 13 The triangular relationship among the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan was a strange one. To carry out the war against the United States, Japan needed to maintain the Neutrality Pact with the Soviet Union. To concentrate on the war against Nazi Germany, Stalin needed Japan’s neutrality in the Far East.

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