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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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The Establishment of Bulgarian-Japanese Diplomatic Relations

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and First Bulgarian Diplomatic Representatives in Tokyo (1942–1945)

Abstract: The paper discusses the establishment and development of Bulgarian-Japanese diplomatic relations at the end of 1930s and the first half of the 1940s during the time of the World War Two when the 2 countries were allies in the global conflict. While Tokyo founded its legation in Sofia in 1939, the Bulgarian government only responded with the same action 3 years later, in 1942. According to the documents, the Japanese played a more active role in the bilateral relations, impelling the signing of a convention of friendship and cultural cooperation between the 2 countries. There were 2 Bulgarian diplomatic representatives in Tokyo, Yanko Peev and Stoyan Petrov-Chomakov. The text reveals their main activity in Tokyo, their relations with the Japanese government and their foreign colleagues as well as their reflections about the political situation in wartime. The chapter is mainly based on cipher telegrams kept in the Archives of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry but some personal memories and publications have also been introduced. According to the files, the Bulgarian diplomats in Tokyo were not only informing their government about allies’ and enemies’ intentions and military initiatives, but in addition, because of their presence and activity, contributed to the better acquaintance of Bulgaria and Japan.

Keywords: Bulgaria, Japan, foreign relations, diplomatic representatives, the 1940s

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The history of the establishment of Bulgarian-Japanese diplomatic relations has not yet been closely explored in...

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