Three Historical Lenses The three types of lenses that could be applied to my topic are political, military, and possibly science and technology. Lens 1 Political: Not focusing solely on politicians and governments, the political lens looks at the relationship of those who have power and those who do not. Historians using a “political lens” to seek answers about the ways in which legislation and law influence the lives of individuals. Lens 2 Military: A military lens through history could be described as reading through the eyes of someone in the military. This would be reading something that a Military general for example wrote on why they decided to drop the atomic bomb. Lens 3 Science and Technology: When reviewing my topic my topic science played an important role in dropping the atomic bomb. Without scientists to invent and make the bomb then the military would’ve never had the opportunity to decide to drop it.
Historical Narrative History is told in many ways, through primary and secondary sources. Whether it’s an article from the president himself or a photo from a specific time in history. Depending on the author of an article or other circumstance can solely change the context of that source. If I was reading an article that was written about the dropping of the atomic bomb the day after it was dropped by someone in Japan it would be completely different than reading about the same topic written by someone in the U.S on that same day. Different people have different perspectives and different values. It’s how we, the reader, take what was written in the context and apply it. Our Lives Taking what I have learned about why we dropped the atomic bomb on Japan and applying it to the present issues of the U.S I have found that because due to the monumental decision to drop the bomb the U.S government and U.S military is always standing on edge with different countries.
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