A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Potsdam Conference

Potsdam Conference (Germany) Between 17 July and 2 August 1945, Harry S Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin discussed guidelines for occupying, demilitarizing, and democratizing the Axis powers, and for trying war criminals. The Allies agreed to remove 6,500,000 ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary to end German irredentism. On 26 July, the Allies sent Japan an ultimatum demanding unconditional surrender. To preserve the good will needed for ensuring Russian entry into the war against Japan, agreements on postwar governments in eastern Europe were left vague. (Russia would declare war on Japan six days before V-J Day.)

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Potsdam Conference," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 18, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1DEAIMCC5AY5X8.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Potsdam Conference." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 18 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1DEAIMCC5AY5X8.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Potsdam Conference' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 18 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D1DEAIMCC5AY5X8.