atomic bomb reaction ny times v london times

atomic bomb reaction ny times v london times - Introduction...

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Introduction The atomic bombing of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to World War II. On August 6, 1945, the United States of America unleashed the newly invented atomic bomb onto Hiroshima. Three days later on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The bomb killed over two- hundred ten-thousand Japanese citizens with the vast majority of the deaths being innocent civilians. In the newspaper coverage of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the New York Times and The London Times gave similar reports of the information about the bomb and the total destruction of the two Japanese cities. While the two newspapers both gave accurate reports of the reaction from Japan and other foreign nationalities, the New York Times , however, differed from the London Times in that it focused most of its articles about the atomic bomb on the creation and secrecy of the project before its destruction was displayed, whereas the coverage by the London Times centered many of its articles to the public reaction to the new bomb of mass destruction. Dissimilar to the New York Times , which dedicated pages upon pages of articles to the bomb, the London Times provided less coverage of the development and secrecy of the bomb, but, at the same time, reported more outright criticism towards the decision to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Unlike the New York Times , which concentrated on asking what the invention of mass destruction meant for the future of war, the London Times wondered why the use of mass destruction was a necessity on a country already facing defeat. The London Times did not sway from its support of their United States ally, but the newspaper did show its concern of the decision to completely destroy two cities, especially after England was indiscriminately bombed by the Germans throughout World 1
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War II. With the end of the war on August 15, 1945, the London Times’ criticism of the atomic bomb ceased. Nonetheless, the different focus of the articles and editorials written in the New York Times and the London Times not only showed the difference between the public’s interests and anxieties about the war with Japan in the newspapers’ respective countries, but also displayed various reactions by the Allies to the invention of mass destruction. Before the Bomb In late July and early August, prior to the release of the atomic bomb on August 7, 1945, the main articles in the New York Times and the London Times demonstrated the variety of importance that the people in each country held the war in Japan. In England, the London Times focused on Europe, not Japan. The war in Europe was over. England, as a country, faced no threat from Japan, and the amount of British troops fighting Japan, compared to the troops fighting the Germans and Italians, was minimal. Although the war in the Pacific was reported in the London Times , the main features of the paper concentrated on the rebuilding of Europe, the trail on treason of Philippe Petain, formerly
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