Japan and the Atomic Bomb|
Spring 2014 not offered
SISP 381, EAST 384|
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are central to the history of the 20th century. This course examines the scientific, cultural, and political origins of the bombs; their use in the context of aerial bombings and related issues in military history; the decisions to use them; the human cost to those on whom they were dropped; and their place in history, culture, and identity politics to the present. Sources will include works on the history of science; military, political, and cultural history; literary and other artistic interpretations; and a large number of primary source documents, mostly regarding U.S. policy questions. This is an extremely demanding course.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(CGST-MN)(DANC-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
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
J. Samuel Walker, PROMPT AND UTTER DESTRUCTION
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, RACING THE ENEMY
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short response papers and two drafts of one research paper (tentative). Attendance required for all class meetings. A possible evening workshop period to be scheduled (optional).
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