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Japan and the Atomic Bomb
HIST 381 SP
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are central to the history of the twentieth century. This course examines the scientific, cultural, and political origins of the bombs, their use in the context of
bombings and related issues in military history, the decision to use them, the human cost to those on whom it was dropped, and their place in history, culture, and identity politics to the present. Sources will include
on the history of science, military, political, and cultural history, and literary and other artistic interpretations.
The following three will be included for certain; further readings will be added.
Richard Rhodes, THE MAKING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB
Kyoko Selden, THE ATOMIC BOMB: VOICES FROM HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI
Walker, PROMPT AND UTTER DESTRUCTION
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Four short response papers and two drafts of one research paper (tentative). Attendence is required.
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- Instructor(s): Johnston,William D.
- Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK115;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 19)
- SR. major: 8 Jr. major: 5
- SR. non-major: 4 Jr. non-major: 2 SO: 0 FR: 0
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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