Endgame: August 1945 in Asia and the Pacific
A Historical Symposium Commemorating
The 70th Anniversary of the End of the Pacific War
Organized by the Institute for the Study of Strategy and Politics
August 6, 2015
Seventy years ago this summer, Japan surrendered after B-29s dropped two atomic bombs and the USSR declared war on Japan. These events, and the strategies and policies that produced them, have been hotly debated ever since. The end of the Pacific War did not merely end World War II, but determined the power structure in Asia for subsequent decades. It is imperative to understand 1945, whose legacies affect the peace and stability of the region to this day – for example, in the disputes over the Senkaku Islands, the division of Korea, and the status of Taiwan.
On August 6, noted experts on U.S., Japanese, Russian, and Chinese history will convene in Washington, D.C., to explore the critical decisions made in the endgame in 1945.
This full day event will include presentations from
Richard B. Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire;
Norman Friedman, author of U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History;
D. M. Giangreco, author of Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan;
David Glantz, author of The Soviet Strategic Offensive in Manchuria, 1945;
John T. Kuehn, author of A Military History of Japan;
Richard C. Thornton, author of China: A Political History.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., reception to follow
United States Navy Memorial
Naval Heritage Center, Burke Theater
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Please register by July 29 to
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