Event Title

The Unknown War: The 1939 Soviet-Japanese Border War and U.S. Policy in Asia

Graduation Year

2014

Location

Room E103, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

12-4-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2014 11:00 AM

Description

The 1939 border war between the Soviet Union and Japan is often forgotten to history. While the Nazi invasion of Poland drew Europe into war, Japan and the Soviet Union clashed along their border on the other side of the world. This conflict between Japan and the Soviet Union did not go unnoticed by U.S. diplomats stationed in those countries. This presentation explores how the United States diplomatic community assessed the conflict between the Soviet Union and Japan in regard to the United States’ geopolitical interests in the region. In particular, an examination of the correspondences of the State Department with its Ambassadors in Japan and the Soviet Union reveal how even as war was breaking out around the world, the U.S. attempted to maintain its policy of non-interventionism.

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Apr 12th, 10:00 AM Apr 12th, 11:00 AM

The Unknown War: The 1939 Soviet-Japanese Border War and U.S. Policy in Asia

Room E103, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

The 1939 border war between the Soviet Union and Japan is often forgotten to history. While the Nazi invasion of Poland drew Europe into war, Japan and the Soviet Union clashed along their border on the other side of the world. This conflict between Japan and the Soviet Union did not go unnoticed by U.S. diplomats stationed in those countries. This presentation explores how the United States diplomatic community assessed the conflict between the Soviet Union and Japan in regard to the United States’ geopolitical interests in the region. In particular, an examination of the correspondences of the State Department with its Ambassadors in Japan and the Soviet Union reveal how even as war was breaking out around the world, the U.S. attempted to maintain its policy of non-interventionism.