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4. Why did the Pacific War come to an end in the late summer of 1945? While Hasegawa argues that the allied success of the war in Japan cannot solely be attributed to America’s decision to drop the atomic bomb, the use of the bombs certain had a large impact on Japan’s decision to surrender. Nevertheless, Soviet entry on August 8th also proved to Japan that unconditional surrender was the only option. Thus, I believe it was both the use of the atomic bomb as well as Soviet entry that convinced the Japanese government that accepting the Potsdam Proclamation was the only option left. Some brief history leading up to 1945- After Japan attacked US at PH, war in Pacific not going well for US June 1942- turning point – Battle of Midway – US aerial fighting succeeds in preventing Japanese from expanding in the Pacific Thus, allies gaining upper hand in Pacific. After German defeat in Europe, allies able to concentrate solely on Japan – defeat just a matter of time While Soviet entry into the war would have led to a decisive victory for the allies,
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This essay was uploaded on 02/20/2009 for the course HIST 3140 taught by Professor Logevall, f during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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