Why Japan Surrendered

  title={Why Japan Surrendered},
  author={Robert A Pape},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={154 - 201}
  • R. Pape
  • Published 23 January 1993
  • History
  • International Security
T h e end of World War I1 in the Pacific is the most successful case of military coercion among modern nation-states. On August 15, 1945, Japan unconditionally surrendered to the United States, although it still possessed a two-million-man army in the home islands which was prepared and willing to meet any American invasion, as well as other forces overseas. Indeed, Japan’s surrender represents a rare instance of a great power surrendering its entire national territory to an opponent that had… 

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