AUTHORHasegawa, Tsuyoshi, Ed.
TITLEThe End of the Pacific War: Reappraisals
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

This edited volume revisits the issues surrounding the end of World War II in the Pacific from the perspectives of five noted historians of the period. Its goal is to shed new light on the debate about the factors contributing to the Japanese surrender by presenting diverging views on that controversial topic. The opening chapter by eminent historian Barton Bernstein introduces the role of the atomic bomb from a historiographical perspective. The next three chapters focus on the question of whether the atomic bombing or the Soviet entry into the war was more decisive in the decision of Japan to surrender. Chapters five and six address the importance of the the Soviet entry into the war. A conclusion by Bernstein provides a summary and places the work in a broad historiographical context. The volume includes a selective bibliography of English, Russian, and Japanese sources.

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