AUTHORButow, Robert J. C.
TITLEJapan's Decision to Surrender
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA
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This book investigates the events leading up to and surrounding the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II. Robert Butow’s history focuses on internal dynamics within the Japanese government and military establishment that affected the eventual decision to capitulate. He emphasizes the power of the Japanese military establishment and how Japanese cultural characteristics made the civilian populace particularly susceptible to the establishment’s militarization of Japanese society. The author examines Japan’s early diplomatic feelers for a conditional peace and its reaction to the Potsdam Declaration. He highlights how Emperor Hirohito moved out of his largely ceremonial role to convince his divided government that surrender was necessary, and he describes the attempted coup by members of the military to prevent the civilian government from following through with a surrender. The book contains an appendix of relevant treaties, declarations, and documents.

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