Date of Award

Spring 1996

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Carl Boyd

Committee Member

John M. Jennings

Committee Member

Austin Jersild

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 B64


In April 1941, the Soviet Union and Japan concluded a five-year neutrality pact. Before the end of the year both nations were embroiled in bitter wars against each other' allies, but not against one another. How did Soviet.— Japanese wartime relations preserve this neutrality that lasted nearly four years during World War II? The answers are provided through analysis of both Soviet and Japanese foreign policies while also considering each nation's prospects for winning the war. To this end, timely MAGIC and ULTRA signal intelligence intercepts provide key insights into each government's intentions. Thus, the Special Research History and the Special Research Summary documents available in the Old Dominion Library microfilm room were used extensively in this study.


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