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Running head: Project 21Project 2: Research Plan and IntroductionKevin VernonSouthern New Hampshire UniversityResearch Plan
Project 22Research Question: “How did the scientists understanding about the lingering effects of radiation influence the decision to drop the bomb?”Secondary Sources: Frisch, D. H. (1970). Scientists and the decision to bomb Japan. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 26(6), 107–115. Retrieved from ?url=?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip,url,cpid&custid=shapiro&db=ahl&AN=21569493&site=ehost-live&scope=siteMalloy, S. L. (2012). ‘A very pleasant way to die’: Radiation effects and the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Diplomatic History, 36(3), 515–545. Retrieved from ?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip,url,cpid&custid=shapiro&db=a9h&AN=74547716&site=ehost-live&scope=siteHistorical Context: World War II was dragging on and the USA was in a position ready to invademainland Japan, however the estimated casualties were going to be extreme and leaders wanted to end the war quickly. The question was asked “What is the most humane first use that can get the Japanese to quit unconditionally?” (Frisch 1970) by everyone surrounding the use of the atomic bomb. While there were many contradicting predictions about the aftermath from an atomic bomb many believed radiation itself could also be used itself as a weapon. “The results led Warren to conclude that should fission products be available in sufficient quantities, they could be utilized as “an effective military weapon.” (Malloy 2012). That statement made by Stafford Warren was a common believe among many scientists and military personnel before the bombs first use, however afterwards many changed their minds. Political, military and social leaders at the time wanted the war to end and nobody wanted the Soviet Union to get involved with Japan which may make the war last longer.