In this video series, Patrick Boucheron will examine the impact of specific dates in history. Approximately 70,000 died when the atomic bomb landed; the bombing of Hiroshima was the first act of the Cold War. The city lost its identity outside of the bombing.
Americans and Japanese engaged in a war of images. Imperial Japan warred against China during the 1930s. The Japanese bombed the United States at Pearl Harbor in 1941.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched the Manhattan Project in 1941. The United States developed a predecessor of the Internet to convey confidential communications. America needed to show strength to the Soviet Union.
The Americans needed to test the uranium 235 and plutonium 239 fissile materials. Scientists conducted the "Trinity" experiment in New Mexico. Michael Lucken studied the documentation of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
There are no images of the dead from the Japanese or American perspective. Today, the shadows of the corpses have disappeared. The peace memorial opened ten years after the bombing of Hiroshima.
The headline of "Le Monde" discussed the scientific achievements of the atomic bomb. The Russian threat to invade Japan and depose Emperor Hirohito also contributed to ending World War II; people continued to die in Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the effects of radiation. Fukushima demonstrated a catastrophe in the making.
Credits: August 6, 1945: Hiroshima
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As opposed to the official discourse, the United States viewed the Hiroshima operation as a large-scale scientific experiment to force the Japanese to capitulate and avoid a Russian invasion of Japan.
Length: 28 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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