The Hiroshima Question
Tue Jun 23 01:18:16 CDT 1998
*NOT RELEVANT TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS DISCUSSIONS AT ALL*
But an interesting discussion, to say the least, although one that
persons who have dedicated their lives to studying the question are
still in great conflict over.
Perhaps the most interesting work that I have read on the subject is the
1997 text edited by Hogan, which I believe is entitled "Hiroshima:
History and Memory." It includes perspectives from both sides of the
decision to use each bomb.
The article that I found most interesting analyzes the decision and
concludes that, while a combination of other actions might have been
sufficient to avoid the bombing of Hiroshima (for instance, the entrance
of the Russians and an announced, public test), American intelligence
regarding Japanese strenghts and intentions was far too incomplete to
yield that conclusion. It uses some excellent primary source work to
conclude that, while intimidating the USSR was a desirable bonus, it was
far from sufficient to justify the use of the bomb.
Also included in this volume is an excellent discussion of the very
recent controversy over the Smithsonian exhibit on the _Enola Gay_.
Comparing the planned exhibit (available online from a Japanese
anti-proliferation org) with the reality is an interesting comment on
what our construction of history and memory can do to the presentation
of past events.
Not really relevant to the CR posts, but since some on this L seem to
find the topic interesting, I thought I'd forward this bibliographic gem
for your perusal.
U.S. Naval Academy
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