Hiroshima in History and Memory

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 1996 - History - 238 pages
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In this timely collection of essays, prominent historians survey the Hiroshima story from the American decision to drop the first atomic bomb to the recent controversy over the Enola Gay exhibit in Washington, D.C. The first essay surveys the literature on the atomic bombing of Japan, while the second and third essays evaluate the decisions that led to that event. The remaining essays discuss how the Japanese and American people have remembered Hiroshima in the years since the end of World War II. They emphasize the construction of an official memory of Hiroshima, the challenge posed by alternative or counter-memories, and the tension between history and memory in the Hiroshima story. The collection thus unites up-to-date scholarship by diplomatic historians with the recent interest in memory that has emerged as part of the new cultural history.
 

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Contents

Hiroshima in History and Memory An Introduction
1
The Decision to Use the Bomb A Historiographical Update
11
Understanding the Atomic Bomb and the Japanese Surrender Missed Opportunities LittleKnown Near Disasters and Modern Memory
38
Japans Delayed Surrender A Reinterpretation
80
The Bombed Hiroshimas and Nagasakis in Japanese Memory
116
Exotic Resonances Hiroshima in American Memory
142
The Quest for a Peace Culture The Abomb Survivors Long Struggle and the New Movement for Redressing Foreign Victims of Japans War
168
History Collective Memory and the Decision to Use the Bomb
187
The Enola Gay Controversy History Memory and the Politics of Presentation
200
Index
233
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