Japanese-Soviet Neutrality Pact

Japanese-Soviet Neutrality Pact

by Boris Slavinsky
     
 

The neutrality pact between Japan and the Soviet Union, signed in April 1941, lapsed only nine months before its expiry date of April 1946 when the Soviet Union attacked Japan. Japan's neutrality had enabled Stalin to move Far Eastern forces to the German front where they contributed significantly to Soviet victories from Moscow to Berlin. Slavinsky suggests that… See more details below

Overview

The neutrality pact between Japan and the Soviet Union, signed in April 1941, lapsed only nine months before its expiry date of April 1946 when the Soviet Union attacked Japan. Japan's neutrality had enabled Stalin to move Far Eastern forces to the German front where they contributed significantly to Soviet victories from Moscow to Berlin. Slavinsky suggests that Stalin's agreement with Churchill and Roosevelt to attack Japan after Germany's surrender allowed him to keep Japan in the war until he was ready to attack and thus avenge Russia's defeat in the war of 1904-1905. The Soviet Union's violation of the pact and the detention of Japanese prisoners for up to ten years after the end of the war created a sense of victimization in Japan to the extent that there is still no formal Peace Treaty between the two countries to this day.

Slavinsky draws on recently opened Russian archival material to demonstrate that the Soviet Union was passing information about the Allies to Japan during the Second World War. He also persuasively argues that vengeance and the (re)acquistion of land were the primary motives for the attack on Japan. The book contains empirical data previously unavailable in English and will fascinate anyone with an interest in the history of Japan, the Soviet Union and the events of the Second World War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415322928
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/18/2003
Series:
Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Translator's note
Series editor's preface
Preface
1Historiography of the problem1
2Non-aggression pact or neutrality pact?11
3Matsuoka's negotiations in Moscow: Signature and evaluation of the Neutrality Pact32
4Germany's attack on the USSR, and Japan's position61
5Japan's Pearl Harbor attack and the Neutrality Pact74
6The Neutrality Pact when Japan seemed to be winning the East Asian War, 1941-285
7Implementing the Neutrality Pact, 1943 - mid-1944: Problems and achievements101
8The last year of the USSR's war with Germany128
9The denunciation of the Neutrality Pact150
10Japan seeks Soviet mediation: May-July 1945163
11The USSR joins the war against Japan176
Afterword192
Notes206
Bibliography216
Index224

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