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Richard Overy

Richard Overy is a honorary professor at the University of Exeter and a leading English historian of World War II. His books include 1939: Countdown to War; The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia; The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars; Russia's War: Blood Upon the Snow; and his latest, Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-45. Overy is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy and has contributed to the design of various Imperial War Museum exhibits.

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As defeat became inevitable in the summer of 1945, Japan's government and the Allies could not agree on surrender terms, especially regarding the future of Emperor Hirohito and his throne.