By Matthew Jones
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 battle. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary proof, Matthew Jones charts the advance of yankee nuclear method 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. In underlining American perceptions that Asian peoples observed the prospective 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 big retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned through the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
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44 In an outgrowth of the belief that the war had generated disturbing racial tensions, Western observers were anxious that the consequences of Japan’s humbling of the white powers would last well beyond her own defeat, and that pan-Asian solidarity might be one unwelcome outcome as the colonial powers attempted to reassert their authority. In May 1945, for example, one can ﬁnd Joseph Grew, the acting US Secretary of State, 41 43 44 See Thorne, Allies, 291. , 175–8. See Robert Dallek, Franklin D.
Dower, ‘“NI” and “F”: Japan’s Wartime Atomic Bomb Research’, in Japan in War and Peace: Essays on History, Race and Culture (London, 1993), 55–100. See memorandum from the Swiss Legation to the Department of State, 11 August 1945, FRUS, 1945, VI, 473. The American authorities were understandably keen that no publicity should be given to this communication. 32 After Hiroshima Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Americans had, the Emperor’s statement claimed, ‘for the ﬁrst time used cruel bombs to kill and maim extremely large numbers of the innocent’, and continuing the war ‘could lead in the end not only to the extermination of our race, but also to the destruction of all human civilization’.
Forrestal papers, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Princeton University. Ibid. Washington (Balfour) to FO, No. 5560, 11 August 1945, AN2433/4/45, FO 371/44537, TNA. Reinhold Niebuhr, ‘Our Relations with Japan’, in Christianity and Crisis, 17 September 1945, quoted in Bird and Lifschultz, Hiroshima’s Shadow, 275–7. 77 Besides these individual reactions, the wider American conscience also seems to have been temporarily disturbed by the reception given to the publication of Hiroshima, a book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Hersey, which was itself derived from a thirty thousand-word essay which had ﬁrst appeared in the New Yorker magazine in August 1946.
After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945-1965 by Matthew Jones