CREATORBurr, William
TITLEThe Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources
URLhttp://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB162/index.htm
HOMEPAGEhttp://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/index.html
DATE PUBLISHED27 April 2007
DATE ACCESSED24 February 2017


This website contains 80 original documents relating to the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan during World War II. An introduction places the documents in context and lists a series of questions that surround the controversial decision. The documents are arranged in the following sections: background on the atomic project (6 documents); defining targets (12); debates on alternatives to first use and unconditional surrender (13); the Japanese search for Soviet mediation (6); the Trinity test, the Potsdam Conference, and the execution order (13); the first nuclear strikes (10); toward surrender (17); and confirming the problem of radiation poisoning (3). The sources are carefully documented, and the introduction is footnoted. The website is useful to persons wishing to examine some of the primary documents associated with that historic decision and its immediate results. The documents can be downloaded as files in PDF format. The collection of documents is Briefing Book No. 162 of the National Security Archive, "an independent, non-governmental research institute and library located at George Washington University in Washington, D.C." (home page).



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