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University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (Project Director: September 2000 to November 2003)
Stalin, Truman and Japan's Surrender: The Soviet Factor in the Ending of the Pacific War

To support a study of the role played by the Soviets in shaping events that led to the end of the war in the Pacific.

This collaborative project involving scholars from the United States, Russia, and Japan aims to reassess the Soviet factor in the ending of the Pacific War. The drama of the ending of the war has been studied mainly from the perspective of U.S.-Japanese relations, with the central focus on the impact of the atomic bombs on Japan's decision to surrender. This project brings the Soviet factor to center stage. Reassessment of the Soviet factor is not possible without utilizing multi-national sources, which can be best collected and analyzed through international collaboration. This is the first collaborative project that brings together experts from these three nations to reexamine the ending of the Pacific war. By incorporating multi-national sources, we intend to prove that Soviet actions and policies played a crucial role in shaping the course of events leading to the end of the Pacific War.

Project fields:
Russian History

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$80,000 (approved)
$80,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2001 – 3/31/2003