Hiroshima: The Worlds Bomb

Paperback | September 4, 2009

byAndrew J. Rotter

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The US decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 remains one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. However, the controversy over the rights and wrongs of dropping the bomb has tended to obscure a number of fundamental and soberingtruths about the development of this fearsome weapon. The principle of killing thousands of enemy civilians from the air was already well established by 1945 and had been practised on numerous occasions by both sides during the Second World War. Moreover, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was conceived and built by an international community of scientists,not just by the Americans. Other nations (including Japan and Germany) were also developing atomic bombs in the first half of the 1940s, albeit hapharzardly. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine any combatant nation foregoing the use of the bomb during the war had it been able to obtain one. Theinternational team of scientists organized by the Americans just got there first. As this fascinating new history shows, the bomb dropped by a US pilot that hot August morning in 1945 was in many ways the world's offspring, in both a technological and a moral sense. And it was the world that would have to face its consequences, strategically, diplomatically, and culturally, inthe years ahead.

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The US decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 remains one of the most controversial events of the twentieth century. However, the controversy over the rights and wrongs of dropping the bomb has tended to obscure a number of fundamental and soberingtruths about the development of this fearsome...

Andrew J. Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Colgate University. He has written extensively on US-Asian relations during the twentieth century, including The Path to Vietnam.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.03 inPublished:September 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima1. The World's Atom2. Great Britain: Refugees, Air Power, and the Possibility of the Bomb3. Japan and Germany: The Doomsday Scenario4. The United States: Imagining and Building the Bomb5. The United States, II: Using the Bomb6. Japan: The Atomic Bombs, and War's End7. The Bomb, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War8. The World's Bomb: Strategy, Culture, and Ethics, 1945-2000Epilogue: The Bomb in the 21st Century

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"An absorbing multi-layered history... It deserves the widest readership. Rotter is not concerned exclusively with science. He is as much interested in the erosion of moral inhibitions on bombing civilians that took place during the first half of the twentieth century." --Ian Neary, Times Literary Supplement, 17/10/2008