Developing American Cold War Policy: The Occupation of Japan
By shane moran
Shane Moran is a graduate student in his final year in Millersville’s Master of Arts in History program. He is also working towards a second graduate degree: a Master of Science in Library and Information Science at Drexel University. With these degrees, Shane hopes to work in an academic archive while pursuing his research interests in history. His primary research interest, American foreign policy during the Cold War, was what led him to research the American occupation of Japan after the Second World War. This project, which is built on the work done for Shane’s Master’s Thesis, focuses specifically on how American foreign policy towards Japan shifted in order for the United States to better position the occupied country as an ally against the spread of communism in Asia. In exploring this topic, Shane outlines the quick development of policies that defined how the United States handled the early Cold War.