Potsdam Declaration Case Study

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Lancelot C Discussing the “Potsdam Declaration” In 1945,the Nazi fascists were terminated in a German city. Meanwhile, there also started the annihilation of the Japanese fascists. The top three most powerful men at that time, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Harry Truman, as the image above shows, had a sensational meeting and made a significant declaration issued in that German city. Those three men, and that declaration, had a crucial impact on World War II, especially in reference to China. Their endeavors successfully caused the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire, the reunification of China with its lost territory, and the cause of Chinese’s revenge for Japanese barbarous deed upon Chinese people. The…show more content…
The Potsdam Declaration was announced on July 26. On July 16, the atomic bomb was first tested. On July 28th, two days after the Potsdam Declaration, Prime Minister Kantaro-Suzuki stated that,"We will ignore the Potsdam Declaration". His words were later used as one excuse for dropping the atomic bomb.[ Suzuki, T. (2004). "Why was the A-bomb dropped on hiroshima?". Peace Research, 36(2), 87-IV. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/213486608?accountid=45721 (Accessed March, 25, 2017)] The dropping of atomic bombs,which ended the Pacific War,was necessarily inevitable and crucial. The Japanese Army was still very hard to be defeated and they had killed a huge amount of US soldiers. In the 35-day fight for this eight-square-mile volcanic island on Iwo Jima, 6,821 US marines and Navy personnel were killed, more than four times the number of American troops killed in the two years in Iraq.[ Brooke, James. "U.S. Marines, White-Haired, Land again on Iwo Jima." New York Times, Mar 13, 2005, Late Edition (East Coast). https://search.proquest.com/docview/433016906?accountid=45721. (Accessed March, 25…show more content…
The words used in the “Potsdam Declaration” could help the Chinese People to seek revenge for their barbarous deed. They stated that “ Stern justice shall be meted out to all war criminals including those who have visited cruelties upon our prisoners”.[ Robert J.C. Butow , “The Potsdam Declaration” , Stanford University , 1954 , http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/ps/japan/potsdam.pdf. (Accessed March, 25, 2017)] As the international Military Tribunal for the Far East determined,Iwane Matsui was hanged in 1948. Also the same fate for Tani Hisao, who was extradited to China and executed as a war criminal in April 1947. [ "The Painful Memory." Beijing Review 52, no. 21 (May 28, 2009): 18. https://search.proquest.com/docview/213854706?accountid=45721. (Accessed March, 25, 2017)
]The Chinese people would thank the “Potsdam Declaration” because it judged these barbaric war criminals and preserved Chinese people’s

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