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ROBERT L. MESSER, a professor of American diplomatic history at the University of Illinois, Chicago, is a specialist in wartime and postwar American history. He has published The End of an Alliance: James F. Byrnes, Roosevelt, Truman, and the Origin of the Cold War (Chapel Hill, NC, 1982). KATSUMI USUI, who recently retired from Tsukuba University, is Japan's foremost authority on modern Chinese-Japanese relations. His publications include Nit-Chu senso (The Sino-Japanese war) (Tokyo, 1967) and Manshu jihen (The Manchurian incident) (Tokyo, 1974).

New York, 1980), and Empire without Tears: America's Foreign Relations, 1921-1933 (New York, 1987). WALDO HEINRICHS, a professor of American diplomatic history at Temple University, is a leading scholar of American-Japanese relations during the 1930s and 1940s. His publications include American Ambassador: Joseph C. Grew and the Development of the United States Diplomatic Tradition (Boston, 1966) and Threshold of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Entry into World War II (New York, 1988).

His publications include Nit-Chu senso (The Sino-Japanese war) (Tokyo, 1967) and Manshu jihen (The Manchurian incident) (Tokyo, 1974). WANG XI, a professor of Chinese history at Fudan University, is a specialist in economic history and has published articles on Chinese-American relations. Page xi Introduction This volume is an experiment in multinational historical writing. It contains essays by historians from the United States, the People's Republic of China, and Japan focusing on the period from 1931 to 1949.

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