New PDF release: After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear

By Matthew Jones

ISBN-10: 0511713002

ISBN-13: 9780511713002

ISBN-10: 0511715099

ISBN-13: 9780511715099

ISBN-10: 0521881005

ISBN-13: 9780521881005

Via emphasising the function of nuclear concerns, After Hiroshima, released in 2010, presents an unique background of yankee coverage in Asia among the shedding of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam struggle. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary facts, Matthew Jones charts the advance of yank nuclear process and the overseas coverage difficulties it raised, because the usa either faced China and tried to win the friendship of an Asia rising from colonial domination. In underlining American perceptions that Asian peoples observed the potential repeat use of nuclear guns as a manifestation of Western attitudes of 'white superiority', he bargains new insights into the hyperlinks among racial sensitivities and the behavior people coverage, and a clean interpretation of the transition in American technique from immense retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned via the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear by Matthew Jones PDF

By means of emphasising the position of nuclear concerns, After Hiroshima, released in 2010, presents an unique historical past of yankee coverage in Asia among the shedding of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam struggle. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary proof, Matthew Jones charts the improvement of yankee nuclear procedure and the international coverage difficulties it raised, because the usa either faced China and tried to win the friendship of an Asia rising from colonial domination.

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There used to be so-called laws of war which made it tolerable. Now we know the naked truth. Wars know no law except that of might. The atom bomb brought an empty victory to the Allied arms, but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. ’95 The bomb’s ability to bring about the ‘wholesale destruction of men, women and children’, he recounted, was the most ‘diabolical use of science’, while non-violence was ‘the only thing the atom bomb cannot destroy. I did not move a muscle when I first heard that the atom bomb had wiped out Hiroshima .

Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932–1945 (New York, 1979), 424–9. See Thorne, Issue of War, 192–4. 45 An anti-colonial Asiawide revolt, it was recognized, could be exploited by the Soviet Union to its own ends, as local Communist parties in the Far East built support around anti-Western sentiment. ’46 Pointing to nationalist unrest in Indonesia, Indochina, Korea and India, one column in the New York Times noted in early 1946 that ‘Japan lost the war, but her slogan “Asia for the Asiatics” appears to have won.

97 Having travelled around China, on his return to Calcutta in 1924, the Indian poet and proponent of pan-Asian unity, Rabindranath Tagore, spoke of the need for a new and vibrant Asian civilization based on spiritual values to counteract the materialism of the West: I feel that Asia must find her own voice. Simply because she has remained silent so long the whole world is suffering. The West has got no voice. She has given us nothing that could save us – that which gives immortality. She has given us science – a great gift no doubt – which has its special value; but nothing that can give us life beyond death.

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