AUTHORHogan, Michael J.
TITLEHiroshima in History and Memory
PUBLISHERCambridge University Press
CITYCambridge, England

This 1996 collection of nine essays surveys issues concerning the dropping of atomic bombs over Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The editor, Michael Hogan, writes the first essay to introduce the historical context of the bomb and the Pacific Theater of World War II. He also previews the other essays in the volume. Some of the essays deal with Hiroshima and Nagasaki as subjects of historical analysis, while others explore the tension between history and memory in both American and Japanese consciousness. J. Samuel Walker writes on the literature that has emerged from the use of the bombs against Japan. Barton Bernstein argues that Truman viewed the atomic bomb as just another weapon, and that its use was inevitable. He examines the other alternatives for ending the war and concludes that only the use of the bombs would have rapidly ended the war. In a final essay, Hogan evaluates the tension of memories about atomic warfare in the context of the Enola Gay controversy at the Smithsonian. The authors include historians Herbert Bix, John Dower, Paul Boyer, and Seiitsu Tachibana.

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