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Unconditional: The Japanese Surrender in World War II

Marc Gallicchio


Signed on September 2, 1945, by Japanese and Allied leaders, the instrument of surrender formally ended the war in the Pacific and brought to a close one of the most cataclysmic engagements in history. VJ (Victory over Japan) Day had taken place about two weeks earlier, in the wake of atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet Union’s entrance into the war. In the end, the surrender itself fulfilled FDR’s commitment that it be “unconditional.” Though readily accepted as war policy at the time, after Roosevelt’s death in April 1945, popular support for unconditional sur ... More

Keywords: Japan, surrender, Franklin Roosevelt, New Deal Republicans, World War II, George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, atomic bomb, Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190091101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190091101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Gallicchio, author
Professor of History, Villanova University