Question 1: Why did president Truman decide to use the atomic bombs, and did he understand the consequences it would have on international relations?I decided to change the beginning of my question from how to why because it is important to know why president Truman decided to use atomic bombs on Japan verses other military defense techniques available to him. Knowing the why will lead us to understand how he made his decision. Original question: How did president Truman decide to use the atomic bombs, and did he understand the consequences it would have on international relations?Primary resources: Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. (n.d.). The decision to drop the atomic bomb. Retrieved from Stimson, H. L. (1947). The decision to use the atomic bomb. Harper’s Magazine, 194(1161), 97–107. Retrieved from -son_harpers.pdfTruman, H. (1953, Jan. 12). Truman's reflections on the atomic bombings. Atomic Archive. Retrieved from Secondary resources: Alperovitz, G., Messer, R. L., & Bernstein, B. J. (1991). Marshall, Truman, and the decision to drop the bomb. International Security, 16(3), 204– 221. Retrieved from
Morton, L. (1957). The decision to use the atomic bomb. Foreign Affairs, 35(2), 334–353. Retrieved from Walker, J. S. (2005). Recent literature on Truman’s atomic bomb decision: A search for middle ground. Diplomatic History, 29(2), 311–334. Retrieved from ?