Due to the unimaginable scale of violence of World War II we often forget the war constituted not only of Allied and Axis Powers but also of countries that refrained from joining either side. This is especially true for the Pacific Theater, for which only little has been written about the neutrals. This talk will focus on some of the nations that remained neutral during the Empire's violent years from 1931 to 1945. It will cover Sweden and Switzerland but it will also venture to the less well known neutrals of the war, like the Holy See, Spain, Portugal and even the USA and the USSR. neutrality, in fact, reveals some of the hidden aspects of WWII.
Dr. Pascal Lottaz is a Swiss historian, whose main research interests are Neutrality Studies, Diplomacy, and International Relations. He received his PhD in 2018 from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) where he wrote a dissertation about Neutral States and Wartime Japan. He is the principal editor of “Notions of Neutralities,” a study about the development of the neutrality concept. Since April 2019 he is Assistant Professor at Waseda Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS) and he serves as adjunct professor for European Politics at Temple University, Japan Campus.
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