03. Decision to use the atomic bomb: Alternative interpretations

Using the Atomic Bomb

The article entitled “Reclaiming Realism for the Left: Gar Alperovitz and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” written by Peter Kirstein, talks a lot about how the use of the duet of bombs was more of a political move than militaristic. Kirstein describes the work of Gar Alperovitz, and his view of why the …

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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 be…

Alperovitz’s “Decision”

Peter Kirstein is a professor of history at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. He is known for his research on the atomic bomb and studied under Howard Zinn – the author of my textbook in history 2014 (The Twentieth Century). With Kirstein’s knowledge, I felt that his review of Alperovitz’s The Decision to Use the Atomic …

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“Reclaiming Realism for the Left: Gar Alperovitz and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” Kayla Mizelle

In “Reclaiming Realism for the Left: Gar Alperovitz and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” by Peter Kirstein creates and recognizes the argument that dropping atomic bombs on Japan may not have been entirely necessary and potentially a poor decision by the United States. In the second paragraph, he lets on to his opinion…

Reflections on “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” by James Davidson

For Tuesday’s class, I read the article “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” by James West Davidson. In this article, Davidson examines the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan through three theoretical frameworks: Rational actor model Organizational process model Bureaucratic politics model In this blog post, I will attempt to explain the theory …

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Analyzing the Reviews of Gar Alperovitz’s “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb”

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Alternative Interpretations September 12th, 2017 Gar Alperovitz’s The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb is a prime example of ‘alternate histories’ in historical literature. These works intend to challenge the standard version of histories (narratives commonly believed by the general public) and illustrate plausible alternative explanations for why an event occurred,…

Delanie Tarvin: Walker’s Historiographical Update

In “The Decision to Use the Bomb: A Historiographical Update,” J. Samuel Walker explores different perspectives regarding the use of atomic bombs against Japan during World War Two, explaining how and why the central concern shifted over time. Walker states that the initial central issue was whether or not the bomb was necessary to end …

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“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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