Hiroshima in History and Memory

ISBN-10: 0521566827

ISBN-13: 9780521566827

Edition: 1996

Authors: Michael J. Hogan

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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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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Illustrations
Preface
The authors
Hiroshima in history and memory: an introduction
The decision to use the bomb: a historiographical update
Understanding the atomic bomb and the Japanese surrender: missed opportunities, little-known near disasters and modern memory
Japan's delayed surrender: a reinterpretation
The bombed: Hiroshimas and Nagasakis in Japanese memory
Exotic resonances: Hiroshima in American memory
The quest for a peace culture: the A-bomb survivors' long struggle and the new movement for redressing foreign victims of Japan's war Seiitsu Tachibana
History, collective memory and the decision to use the bomb
The Enola Gay controversy: history, memory and the politics of presentation
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