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CSS Junior History Tutorial

CSS 340
Spring 2020
Section: 01   02  
Certificates: International Relations, International Relations Minor

The nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 marked a turning point in 20th-century world history. Warfare had changed permanently, and the threat of the proliferation and use of nuclear weapons has hung over humanity ever since. This course examines the documentable history of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: how noncombatant civilians became the target of sustained and immense violence; what people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as flyers in the attack mission, experienced; how the bombs were created (the attack on each city used a different technology); and the evidence regarding how they influenced decision-makers at the end of the war. Yet one of the most remarkable things about these bombings is the persistence of myths surrounding them. One is the myth that President Truman actively decided that nuclear weapons would be dropped on Japanese cities; another is that they decisively ended the Pacific War. We will spend a week discussing how these myths were intentionally created with the goal of shaping the historical record. Political exigencies demanded that history take a certain shape; in many respects this was true both in Japan and in the United States, but for very different reasons and with very different long-term effects. This course does not question whether those nuclear attacks were justified. That is a good question, but it is philosophical and not historical, and is best left to philosophers.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(CSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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