Before that America was on the sidelines just observing and aiding the ally forces. America was never very happy with what Japan was doing to their neighbor country china. There was tension between the two countries, but America never anticipated an attack so close to the homeland. Should America let it go and stayed neutral or did they do the right thing by invading japan? In 1931 Japan had invaded Manchuria, a small province in northern China.
America and Russia had different Aims for Germany. Stalin wanted to destroy Germany, and was stripping East Germany of its wealth. Britain and America wanted to rebuild Germany’s industry in January 1947, they joined their two zones together into Bizonia. This had a big impact on both Sides sphere of influence because the USSR’s way of protecting their sphere of influence is to make Russia more powerful, by stripping Germany from their industrial resources, they are leaving Germany helpless while Russia can expand its industrial dominance. But when America interfered with the USSR’s plans they tried to help Germany by occupying Western Germany, this helped America’s sphere of influence because not only did they have control over germany, but they were able to convert West Germany to become a democratic country.
For many years, The Cold War was the issue of a fierce debate regarding who or what exactly was the reason that caused it. On this subject, there are three schools of thought: the traditionalists, the revisionists and the post-revisionists. The traditionalists blame Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union’s expansionist and violent diplomacy for being the starters of the war. “Besides violating the agreements made at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Stalin completely disregarded the United Nations because he intended to expand and dominate his sphere of influence in Eastern Europe.” (Nye 118). The revisionists kept insisting on blaming the American expansionism rather than the Soviet Union’s wish to spread communism into Eastern Europe.
With recent tensions rising between North Korea and the world, it is no surprise that the Japanese citizens are aligning themselves with a nationalist government. Japanese Prime Minister Abe has started to consider revoking the disarmament treaty. Revoking it would let Japan increase spending on the military, which would ultimately result in a much larger and advanced military. Although rearming the Japanese military would improve security in the country, it would only increase the tension, doing damage to not only myself, but future generations of Japanese citizens. A disarmament treaty was put into action by the United States after the surrender of Japan during World War II.
After world war 2, Korea was divided into communist North with Kim Il-Sung appointed as the Prime Minister and democratic south with Syng-Man Rhee elected as president in South. This resulted in the formation of two governments of different ideology. Both Rhee and Kim desired to unite Korea. Rhee told Dr. Robert that “North Korea should be recaptured by the force of arms to fulfill the ancient nationality of Korea.” While Kim spoke to Shtykov that he"can 't sleep at night because thinking of the unification of the whole country.” However, due to differences in ideology, reuniting Korea was hard which resulted in military force. Spies were killed when found across the 38th parallel, and many gun-involved
Ito Hirobumi, Japan’s fourth prime minister, always intended on taking control of Korea to the extent of committing far greater crimes than he had previously committed. He planned ways to destroy Korea’s power in order to enable Japan to take control of the country. To be able to succeed and to take initiative of his schemes, Ito resigned from being a resident general to become part of the Privy Council, which was “the most powerful body of politicians in Japan”. A while later, Ito heard from Katsura Taro, his fellow partner, that the declaration to annex Korea was allowed to be taken into initiative. Consequently, Ito decided to meet up with Vladimir Kokovstov, the Russian Minister of Finance, in Harbin, China, to explain his intentions in Korea and to get Russia’s approval for Japan to annex Korea.
The “Horserider Theory” formed by Egami Namio in 1949 has caused much controversy amongst a majority of Japanese academics. This is so because it suggests Japanese racial impurity and that early Japanese society was heavily influenced by Korean outsiders who conquered and invaded Japan during the late fourth century to the early fifth century. Opposition to the “Horserider Theory” cites the lack of archaeological evidence and the misinterpretation by Egami of historical literary records in order to refute the theory. However, Western scholars of premodern Japanese history, as well as more liberal ethnic Japanese historians, support the theory (Edwards 265-266). The “Horserider Theory” is accurate because of corresponding archeological and literary
A country surrounded by great powers such as Japan, China, and Russia, Korea was often occupied by foreigners. Because of it’s geographical location, numerous countries wished to occupy Korea. The country was not particularly strong before the split, and therefore resulted in it being a common target for countries that wished to expand territories or spread political ideas. In 1910, Japan began to invade Korea to colonize and resulted in a mass of cultural, economic, and political destruction. During the course of the occupation of Japan, culture in Korea was greatly disturbed as artwork, temples, artifacts, and historical documents were destroyed.
The alternative for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisors was doing nothing and letting Nazi Germany develop atomic power and going on to use it to conquer the world. The United States of America wanted to end World War II on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts and needed the quickest possible method to do so. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s advisors concluded that hundreds of thousands of American lives would be lost on an assault on the island of Japan. The U.S. Armed Forces was over 16,000,000 strong and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s main motive for dropping the atom bombs was to save American lives.5 The fact of the matter is World War II was started by the Axis powers which were Germany, Italy and Japan. The Axis powers alone turned Europe upside down.
Although Truman’s actions and the new ‘policies’ that he introduced were a major factor to the deterioration of America-Soviet relations, it is important to understand the pre-1945 factors that affected these relations. After World War I, European countries adopted an appeasement ideology: The world was horrified by what the war had done to Europe, and a war like that must never happen again, so peace must be protected at all costs. This led to many attempts to preserve peace in Europe, which ultimately failed as Germany invaded Poland and the world realized that another war was about to begin. However, one of the last agreements that the western countries signed with the Nazis might have been the start of the bad Soviet relations with these countries: the Munich agreement. This agreement said that Hitler was free to invade a portion of Czechoslovakia, as long as he went no further.