By Matthew Jones
Through emphasising the position of nuclear concerns, After Hiroshima, released in 2010, offers an unique background of yank coverage in Asia among the shedding of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam struggle. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary proof, Matthew Jones charts the advance of yank nuclear technique and the overseas coverage difficulties it raised, because the usa either faced China and tried to win the friendship of an Asia rising from colonial domination. In underlining American perceptions that Asian peoples observed the prospective repeat use of nuclear guns as a manifestation of Western attitudes of 'white superiority', he deals new insights into the hyperlinks among racial sensitivities and the behavior people coverage, and a clean interpretation of the transition in American technique from huge retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned through the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
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114 As John Dower has highlighted, the particular horror of nuclear attack tended to be absorbed by most Japanese commentary into a revulsion against the cruelty of war in general. While awareness that Japan had slipped into a different category because of the means that had been used to bring about its defeat was always latent beneath the surface of popular opinion, the atomic bombings were to become an essential aspect of what some Japanese regarded as a necessary attitude of atonement or repentance in the decades after 1945.
The Americans had, the Emperor’s statement claimed, ‘for the ﬁrst time used cruel bombs to kill and maim extremely large numbers of the innocent’, and continuing the war ‘could lead in the end not only to the extermination of our race, but also to the destruction of all human civilization’. 106 Assessing general reactions during the early post-war years to the atomic bomb in Japan is problematic given the distorting effects of the American occupation. It was hardly surprising that in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, anti-American feeling was widespread among the survivors, amounting, as John Hersey put it, to a ‘hatred for Americans which nothing could erase’.
In the shadow of Hiroshima 29 Hiroshima, ‘Well, perhaps after all, nothing mattered. With the arrival of the atomic bomb civilization was ﬁnished. It was merely a question of years or even months . . ’89 Some underscored the implications for Western moral standing of the use of such a scientiﬁc breakthrough against a civilian population. 91 The use of the bomb as a point of moral friction and debate in the Western relationship with a newly assertive Asia was to become a distinctive feature of the post-war years.
After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945-1965 by Matthew Jones