Japanese-Soviet Neutrality Pact

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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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Table of Contents

List of figures
Translator's note
Series editor's preface
Preface
1 Historiography of the problem 1
2 Non-aggression pact or neutrality pact? 11
3 Matsuoka's negotiations in Moscow: Signature and evaluation of the Neutrality Pact 32
4 Germany's attack on the USSR, and Japan's position 61
5 Japan's Pearl Harbor attack and the Neutrality Pact 74
6 The Neutrality Pact when Japan seemed to be winning the East Asian War, 1941-2 85
7 Implementing the Neutrality Pact, 1943 - mid-1944: Problems and achievements 101
8 The last year of the USSR's war with Germany 128
9 The denunciation of the Neutrality Pact 150
10 Japan seeks Soviet mediation: May-July 1945 163
11 The USSR joins the war against Japan 176
Afterword 192
Notes 206
Bibliography 216
Index 224
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