Lecture 9

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April 18, 2008 Page 1 of 3 Lecture 9 The Bomb Questions?! Did the atomic bomb cause the Japanese to surrender? If the bomb wasn’t the chief cause of the Japanese surrender, did it help bring about the surrender in August before the planned allied invasion in November? What was the American motivation in dropping the atomic bomb? Dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 The bomb may have possibly been dropped to intimidate the Soviet Union The use of the bomb accelerated the hardening of the Cold War Prelude to the Cold War: WWII Tensions During the war, the US alienated the Soviet Union by delaying the attack on the 2 nd front to V-Day The Soviet Union had very high casualties and the US had very low casualties WWII ended the Depression Given out positive circumstances, the Soviet Union resented the American delay of the second front The US agreed at the Yalta Conference that Poland should be under the Soviet sphere of influence, but wanted them to have democratic elections The US expected trouble with post-war Soviet Union Development of the Bomb 1939: Einstein’s Letter to FDR A letter suggested that Einstein was afraid of the Nazi possession of an atomic bomb and he urged the United States to jump ahead in making it
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