After Hiroshima: The United States, Race, and Nuclear by Matthew Jones

By Matthew Jones

By means of emphasising the function of nuclear matters, After Hiroshima offers a brand new heritage of yank coverage in Asia among the shedding of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam struggle. Drawing on a variety of documentary proof, Matthew Jones charts the improvement of yankee nuclear technique and the overseas coverage difficulties it raised, because the usa either faced China and tried to win the friendship of an Asia rising from colonial domination. In underlining American perceptions that Asian peoples observed the prospective repeat use of nuclear guns as a manifestation of Western attitudes of 'white superiority', he deals new insights into the hyperlinks among racial sensitivities and the behavior people coverage, and a clean interpretation of the transition in American method from immense retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned via the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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51 Over the final days before the Japanese surrender, radio broadcasts along these lines were beamed out across the Far East. Those sent into India were reported by the British authorities to have been filled with ‘an outburst of indignant protest’ over the use of the atomic bomb. ’52 Within India itself, expressions of Western moral reservations over use of the bomb were also picked up and given wide coverage. The day following the formal Japanese surrender, an editorial in the leading Calcutta newspaper Amrita Bazar Patrika was asking, what were the considerations that weighed with the Allies in not using [the bomb] against the Germans?

32 After Hiroshima Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Americans had, the Emperor’s statement claimed, ‘for the first time used cruel bombs to kill and maim extremely large numbers of the innocent’, and continuing the war ‘could lead in the end not only to the extermination of our race, but also to the destruction of all human civilization’. 106 Assessing general reactions during the early post-war years to the atomic bomb in Japan is problematic given the distorting effects of the American occupation. It was hardly surprising that in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, anti-American feeling was widespread among the survivors, amounting, as John Hersey put it, to a ‘hatred for Americans which nothing could erase’.

24 September 1946, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol. 92 (New Delhi, 2001), 234. See Thorne, Issue of War, 313–15. Quoted in Stephen N. Hay, Asian Ideas of East and West: Tagore and His Critics (Cambridge, MA, 1970), 12. 99 To this gathering, Gandhi intoned some of the lessons of the recent past, asserting: ‘What I want you to understand is the message of Asia. It is not to be learnt through Western spectacles or by imitating the atom bomb. If you want to give a message to the West, it must be the message of love and the message of truth .

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