By Matthew Jones
Through emphasising the function of nuclear matters, After Hiroshima presents a brand new heritage of yankee coverage in Asia among the shedding of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam conflict. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary facts, 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. 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 deals new insights into the hyperlinks among racial sensitivities and the behavior folks coverage, and a clean interpretation of the transition in American process from monstrous retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned by way of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
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Extra info for After Hiroshima: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965
22 After Hiroshima However, these signs of wartime enmity also need to be put beside evidence that other feelings and calculations were at work. Despite his repeated statements about the need to bomb the Japanese into submission, Truman himself was anxious that the destruction not be prolonged. When Senator Richard Russell telegraphed the President on 7 August urging that Japan should be brought grovelling to her knees by the use of more bombs against her cities, Truman replied that he knew that the Japanese were a ‘terribly cruel and uncivilized nation in warfare, but I can’t bring myself to believe that, because they are beasts, we should ourselves act in the same manner.
Her cult of power is based on pride and greed and the deliberate cultivation of contempt for other races . . 98 Taken from the perspective of 1945, Tagore’s plea can be seen as carrying prophetic layers of meaning, as the supreme achievement of Western science became the destructive potential of nuclear power. In an early 94 95 96 97 98 ‘On Way to Madura’, 2 February 1946, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol. 89 (New Delhi, 2001), 345. Speech at Poona, 1 July 1946, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol.
See Thorne, Issue of War, 313–15. Quoted in Stephen N. Hay, Asian Ideas of East and West: Tagore and His Critics (Cambridge, MA, 1970), 12. 99 To this gathering, Gandhi intoned some of the lessons of the recent past, asserting: ‘What I want you to understand is the message of Asia. It is not to be learnt through Western spectacles or by imitating the atom bomb. If you want to give a message to the West, it must be the message of love and the message of truth . . 102 These were all ideas conveyed by the pronouncements of the Japanese Government at the end of the war.
After Hiroshima: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965 by Matthew Jones