Atomic Bomb


The ended a war of massive death and destruction, but began an age exercising the same principles: the Atomic Age. At the time of the disasters in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bomb appeared as a promise of peace to the entire world. It had ended a costly and gruesome war, beginning a time of pacification and repose. Compared to the technology of 1945, the looked too powerful and unethical ever to be used again. It was seen as the weapon that would put an end to war. However as the ended war, it began a new age, creating new philosophies on human existence, technology and society. The destruction of the dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki expanded far past the damages done to the ...

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took action and declared war on Japan. As the war raged on, and as Germany eventually surrendered, the United States found itself essentially fighting alone against an implacable enemy in the Pacific. In an attempt to undermine the Japanese will to fight, the United States bombed most of its major cities including Tokyo which alone killed about 200,000 people in one week (Johnson 23). Without any sense of resistance from the Japanese forces, President Truman decided to take matters into his own hands. He realized the option of invading the island of Japan itself. However with the war in Europe over, President Truman was reluctant to start another one. However at this time, another option was open to Americans - an option that shall perpetually infect the history of the world.
On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:45 am, the first atomic explosion was detonated at Trinity Site in New Mexico, USA (Sakuta 45). The man- made thunder that echoed off the Oscuro Mountains continues to ...

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bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped the "Little Boy" bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. And on August 9, a second "the Fat Man" was dropped on the city of Nagasaki (Brown 79). The world's most powerful weapon ended the world's most destructive war. (Brown 79) (Johnson 25) (Yamanaka 128)
In both Hiroshima and Nagasaki the tremendous scale of the disaster largely destroyed the cities as entities in themselves. Even the worst of all other previous bombing attacks on Germany and Japan, such as incendiary raids on Hamburg in 1943, and on Tokyo in 1945, were not comparable to the paralyzing effect of the s (Brown 89). In addition to the huge number of persons who were killed or injured ...

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