Lecture 11 - After V-E day (May 8, 1945), the Allies...

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Unformatted text preview: After V-E day (May 8, 1945), the Allies concentrate on defeating Japan in the Pacific  U.S. bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities and prepares for a ground assault of Japan July 16, 1945, US scientists explode the world’s first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert  When Japan refuses to surrender, President Truman (FDR dies of a stroke in April 1945) uses the bomb to avoid a ground invasion of Japan Traditionalist view is that the bomb prevented a ground assault and therefore saved many lives  Revisionist argue that Japan was on the verge of surrender and that the bomb was dropped as a show of force to the Soviets U.S. emerges from WWII an economic and military powerhouse  U.S. breaks out of its traditional isolationism in world affairs A protracted geostrategic, economic and ideological struggle that pitted the United States and its allies against the Soviet Union and its supporters  Waged by means of diplomatic maneuvering, economic pressure, intimidation, propaganda, low-intensity military operations and full-scale proxy wars US envisions a postwar world characterized...
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This note was uploaded on 08/21/2010 for the course HST HST 210 taught by Professor Dr.jennycarson during the Winter '10 term at Ryerson.

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Lecture 11 - After V-E day (May 8, 1945), the Allies...

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