After Words with Ronald Spector
Ronald Spector talked about his book In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia, publised by Random… read more
Ronald Spector talked about his book In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia, publised by Random House. In his book, historian Ronald Spector documents the Allied occupation of the Pacific theater following the end of World War II. Mr. Spector says that the Japanese surrender on August 14, 1945, did not usher in peace but rather marked the start of several regional battles as formerly occupied countries demanded their independence. The guest interviewer was Steven Clemons.
Ronald Spector is a professor of history and international relations at George Washington University. He was a distinguished professor of strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C., and a guest professor at Kyoto University at Tokyo. Mr. Spector served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and is the author of six books, including Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan.
Steven Clemons is a senior fellow and director of the American Strategy Program at the New American Foundation. Mr. Clemons formerly served at the executive vice president of the New America Foundation and is co-founder and director of the Japan Policy Research Institute. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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