A Closer Look at the Bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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With multiple chances from the United States to surrender in the war and rejecting each one, the Japanese set themselves up for disaster. On August 6, 1945 the course of history was changed. Two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, and three days later, August 9, 1945, on Nagasaki that ended World War II. Japan had already been a defeated nation from conventional bombs and World War II. Many innocent lives were lost, psychological scars were left on the lives of the bomb survivors, and thus many lives were changed forever. The atomic bombings caused many people to have genetic effects due to the radiation from the bombs. Revisionists have said the US used the bombs to blackmail the Soviet Union. The deployment of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was morally justified because it ended the war quickly, ultimately saved many lives, and was a beginning for many. Historians have debated evidence that the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not morally justified. Revisionist historians or advocates of revision, say the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unnecessary and not needed. The bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they say, caused many innocent lives to be lost along with the lives already lost from World War II. The atomic bombings left the victims and survivors with psychological scars (Sawada). The atomic bombs could have been dropped on two of Japan’s less populated cities, but because the atomic bombs were dropped on two of the Japanese’s most populated cities, many lives were lost. The bombs then could have resulted in less casualties, if dropped on a less populated city. It is argued that the atomic bombs were more political than military ... ... middle of paper ... ...Library. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Maddox, Robert James. “The Biggest Decision: Why we had to Drop the Atomic Bomb.” American Heritage May-June 1995: 70+. US History Collection. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. "Potsdam Declaration." Potsdam Declaration | Birth of the Constitution of Japan. National Diet Library, 2003. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Sawada, Aiko., Bar-On, Dan., Chaitin, Julia. “Life After the Atomic Bomb.” USA Today; New York. 01 Mar. 2007:20. eLibrary. Web. 19 Feb. 2014 Sodei, Rinjiro. “Hiroshima/Nagasaki as History and Politics.” The Journal of American History 82.3 (1995):1118-123. JSTOR. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. “The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Calliope. 01 May. 2011: 13. eLibrary. Web. 28 Feb. 2014. "The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atom Bombs. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.<>.
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