AUTHORJones, Matthew
TITLEAfter Hiroshima: The United States, Race and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965
PUBLISHERCambridge University Press
CITYCambridge, England

This book explores the role that race played in the United States’ decision making with respect to nuclear weapons and U.S.-Asian foreign policy between 1945 and 1965. The book uncovers American imperialist perceptions regarding Asia and how those perceptions affected policy. The author argues that because senior American policy makers post-World War II were conscious of accusations that their policies were infused with racism, they made a concerted effort to appear sympathetic to the needs of the people of Southeast Asia and India in order to gain their political support. Specific topics examined include Asian reactions to the 1954 Bravo test, negotiations surrounding the Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO); and the problem of limited war in Korea and Vietnam. The prevailing argument asserts that the dominance that the bomb gave the United States led to colonialist attitudes in U.S. foreign policy toward Asia, with race adding another dimension. An extensive bibliography is provided, which includes a list of archival sources.

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