AUTHORBernstein, B. J.
TITLEThe Atomic Bomb and American Foreign Policy, 1941-1945: An Historiographical Controversy
PERIODICAL TITLEPeace & Change
DATE PUBLISHED1974
VOLUME NUMBER2
ISSUE NUMBER1
PAGE NUMBERS1-16
ISSN0149-0508


The author of this article describes chronologically the controversy surrounding the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and he analyzes works from three schools of history: orthodox, “revisionist,” and “realist.” The analysis includes commentary on processes in historiography, such as the formulation of questions, use of evidence, and the influence of earlier publications on later ones. The author states that by 1974, historians still did not agree on the major questions. Although there was less disagreement on some issues than previously, some believed that the use of the atomic bomb was legitimate, while others found it an example of mass murder and inhumanity. This is one of Bernstein's earlier works on a subject on which he has since published extensively.


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