By Matthew Jones
Through emphasising the position of nuclear concerns, After Hiroshima, released in 2010, presents an unique historical past of yankee coverage in Asia among the losing 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 improvement of yankee 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 folks coverage, and a clean interpretation of the transition in American process from large retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned via the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
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Additional resources for After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945-1965
In this stirring account, which sold over 1 million copies in 1943, Willkie offered a universalizing picture of a shared human condition where supposed racial distinctions were submerged.
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.
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.
After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945-1965 by Matthew Jones