August 17 – Japan Surrenders

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August 17 – Japan Surrenders

On August 17, 1945, Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

Watch: CSAH – U.S. Celebrates Japanese Surrender

CSAH – U.S. Celebrates Japanese Surrender (1945) from Certell on Vimeo.

Common Sense American History

When the Japanese surrendered in 1945, they brought to an end one of the bloodiest decades in human history. The celebrations were unprecedented, and certainly deserved. The end of the war had many consequences, not least of which was the rise of the United States as a “superpower”, unparalleled in human history. For those living in the West, the end of the war meant a tremendous advance in freedom and prosperity and peace. For those in the colonial world, the start of their own liberation. And for those in the areas under Soviet influence, a new period of disappointment.

If, in 1945, you had a chance to live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why? (You can use the map above for help.)

Today, if you could live in any country, where would it be? Why?

Why do you think there was so much celebration? Can you imagine an event today which would generate such a coming together?