The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

by Michael Kort
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231130163

ISBN-13: 9780231130165

Pub. Date: 04/03/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a

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Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a comprehensive collection of key primary source documents that illuminate the behavior of the United States and Japan during the closing days of World War II.

Kort opens with a summary of the debate over Hiroshima as it has evolved since 1945. He then provides a historical overview of thye events in question, beginning with the decision and program to build the atomic bomb. Detailing the sequence of events leading to Japan's surrender, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific War and the motivations of American and Japanese leaders. Finally, Kort examines ten key issues in the discussion of Hiroshima and guides readers to relevant primary source documents, scholarly books, and articles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231130165
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Series:
Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Historical Narrative1. The Debate Over Hiroshima2. Building the Atomic Bomb3. The Pacific War4. The Decision to Drop the Bomb5. The Japanese Government, Ketsu-Go, and Potsdam6. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Japan's Surrender7. Hiroshima and American PowerPart II. Key Questions and InterpretationsPart III. ResourcesChronologyGlossary of Military Terms and AbbreviationsGlossary of NamesSelected BibliographyPart IV. DocumentsGuide to the DocumentsA. American Civilian DocumentsB. American Military DocumentsC. MAGIC Diplomatic SummariesD. Japanese Government Documents, Military Documents, and Diary EntriesE. Japanese Surrender DocumentsF. United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Summary Report and Interrogations of Japanese OfficialsG. Statements of Japanese Officials on World War II, Military Intelligence Section, Historical Division, U.S. ArmyNotesIndex

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