03. Decision to use the atomic bomb: Alternative interpretations

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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