After Hiroshima : the United States, race, and nuclear by Matthew Jones

By Matthew Jones

By means of emphasising the position of nuclear concerns, After Hiroshima, released in 2010, presents an unique background of yankee coverage in Asia among the shedding of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam warfare. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary proof, Matthew Jones charts the advance of yankee nuclear technique and the international 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 potential 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 procedure from great retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned via the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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92 Indeed for some Indians the bomb showed the continuing validity of concepts such as ahimsa, or non-violence, which held an obvious appeal to those who felt it had been the crucial moral key to unlocking British imperial rule in the subcontinent. Writing to Nehru in October 1945, Gandhi expressed his belief that ‘if India, and through India the world, is to achieve real freedom, then sooner or later we shall have to go and live in the villages . . I have not the slightest doubt that, but for the pair, truth and non-violence, mankind is doomed.

Weekly Political Intelligence Summary No. 308, 29 August 1945, in Great Britain: Foreign Office: Weekly Political Intelligence Summaries, Vol. XII: July–December 1945 (London, 1983), 20. ‘An Estimate of Conditions in Asia and the Pacific at the Close of the War in the Far East and the Objectives and Policies of the United States’, paper prepared in the Department of State by Grew, 22 June 1945, FRUS, 1945, VI, 558–9; one report of October 1945 noted that there was ‘little consciousness of war guilt when the occupation forces entered Tokyo’, but a wide belief that defeat was ‘due solely to industrial and scientific inferiority and the atomic bomb’; quoted in Monica Braw, The Atomic Bomb Suppressed: American Censorship in Occupied Japan (Armonk, NY, 1991), 135–6.

Speech at Poona, 1 July 1946, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vol. 91 (New Delhi, 2001), 220–1. ‘Talk with an English Journalist’, c. 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.

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