HST 306 Take-Home Essay

HST 306 Take-Home Essay - Travis Marschner A39406290...

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Travis Marschner A39406290 Take-Home Midterm Essay History is about learning from past experiences so they do not repeat themselves. Merriman-Webster defines history as a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution) often including an explanation of their causes. 1 History is looked at to see where we come from and as the definition states an explanation of significant event causes. America has been shaped by various significant events in history, but the world and how war is looked at has been changed by nuclear warfare. There were two atomic bombs dropped, the first example was, “Little Boy” an atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The second one was entitled, “Fat Man,” which exploded on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, August 9, 1945. These bombs were dropped because Japan would not surrender. Both bombs were absolutely devastating because atomic bombs kill by three means: the impact explosion, intense heat from the explosion and lastly, the alpha-beta- gamma radiation. 2 The sheer force of these bombs killed over 200,000 Japanese men, women and children and nearly decimated each city. After the bombs were dropped it is quite hard to tell the reasoning behind such a massive decision. The Decision to the use the Atomic Bomb , written by Gar Alperovitz will help me discuss and analyze the following questions: Why did the United States drop the atomic bomb on the residents 1 Merriman -Webster Online Dictionary. 2 Lecture from Dr. Anderson HST 306.
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Marschner HST 306 2 of two Japanese cities; Was the use of the atomic bomb a wise long-range decision; and Were the bombings terrorist acts? Part I There was a heated debate over the use of the atomic bombs in World War II. Many people have wondered why WWII had to come to the use of nuclear weaponry and why on the residents of two Japanese cities? To begin answering this question one must take a look at where the war began. WWII actually began in 1940 with the start of a secret assignment named, “The Manhattan Project”. With $2 billion as a budget, U.S. scientists began creating a bomb that could destroy whole cities at a time and be the most powerful weapon ‘to-date’. These armaments were what the United States, President Truman and his proponents thought were needed for absolute power over the entire world. The war was raging overseas, Japan’s ally Germany just fell to military power and their other ally Italy backed out. Japan was running out of their industrial capacity. Three Marine Corps divisions and four Army divisions landed on Okinawa, the gateway to the home islands on April 1, 1945. 3
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course HST 306 taught by Professor Anderson during the Fall '10 term at Michigan State University.

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