Monthly Archives: September 2017

“What then shall we say in response to this…”

Perspective is an important thing to understand when conducting historical analysis. As such, we will be revisiting the decision to drop the atomic bombs in order to garner a more complete understanding of the decisions that surrounded the groundbreaking event. In order to do so, the chapter, The Decision to drop the Bomb, in James Davidson’s …

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Cece Burger: Why the United States dropped the bomb, By Gar Alperoviz

  Gar Alperovitz is an American political economist and historian and has done extensive research on the atomic diplomacy. In this article, Alperovitz gives an alternative interpretation as to why the United State dropped the bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He begins with a strong statement calling the traditional explanation “morally comforting” but known to …

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Review of Gar Alperovitz’s “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1995)”- Chris Buck

The very first thing you notice when reading this review of Gar Alperovitz’s book, is that it focuses intensely upon Alperovitz’s life-long work on the one subject of dropping the A-bombs (Marilyn Young, book review). This review seems to be written to influence people who are well versed in the subject to read the book …

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Helen Goggins: Atomic Bomb Relativists and Traditionalists

Samuel Walker dissects the traditionalist and relativist views associated with Truman’s use of atomic bombs to attack Japan in the summer of 1945. Before focusing his research on atomic bombs, Walker worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as an historian and frequently received questions about the history of atomic bombs. He began studying the history…

The Decision to Use the Bomb: A Historiographical Update

Scholarly debate over the use of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki has remained quite active in the decades following the end of World War II. James Walker’s article “The Decision to Use the Bomb: A Historiographical Update” revisits the historical event over four decades later. In the article, Walker does not outline an …

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Andrew Pregnall: Reflections on the “Facts” Surrounding the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs

For this Thursday’s conversation, I was responsible for finding and presenting the basic “facts” of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To do so, I turned to every-historian’s-favorite-source, Wikipedia, because I knew it would give me a good starting point for this information as well as be (mostly) devoid of commentary on the decision to …

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Nicky Brown: Reconsidering the Atomic Bombings, Morton pg. 1-7

  Nearly 12 years after the notorious atomic bombings of WWII, American military historian Louis Morton decided to revisit the subject offering new insight into the highly controversial events. His report was entitled “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” and it focused quite heavily on a much earlier report from Henry L. Stimson, acting …

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