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

By Matthew Jones

ISBN-10: 0511713002

ISBN-13: 9780511713002

ISBN-10: 0511715099

ISBN-13: 9780511715099

ISBN-10: 0521881005

ISBN-13: 9780521881005

Through emphasising the function of nuclear concerns, After Hiroshima, released in 2010, offers an unique background of yank coverage in Asia among the losing of the atomic bombs on Japan and the escalation of the Vietnam battle. Drawing on quite a lot of documentary proof, Matthew Jones charts the advance of yank 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 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 mammoth retaliation to versatile reaction within the period spanned through the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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97 Having travelled around China, on his return to Calcutta in 1924, the Indian poet and proponent of pan-Asian unity, Rabindranath Tagore, spoke of the need for a new and vibrant Asian civilization based on spiritual values to counteract the materialism of the West: I feel that Asia must find her own voice. Simply because she has remained silent so long the whole world is suffering. The West has got no voice. She has given us nothing that could save us – that which gives immortality. She has given us science – a great gift no doubt – which has its special value; but nothing that can give us life beyond death.

On Buck, see Dower, War without Mercy, 159–60, and 345, n. 17. Pearl S. Buck, ‘China Faces the Future’, lecture delivered at the New School for Social Research, New York, 13 October 1942, Pearl S. Buck papers, Butler Library, Columbia University. 41 Thus, in self-congratulatory fashion, the United States in 1943 both renounced its former extraterritorial rights in China and repealed the Chinese exclusion provisions of US immigration law (though setting a miserly admission quota). 42 These were all actions designed by the Americans to signal to their new Far Eastern ally that the days of unequal treatment were passing.

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.

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