Critical Analysis Of The Shock Of The Atomic Bomb And Japan's Decision To Surrender

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Teetering to Surrender: A Critical Analysis of “The Shock of the Atomic Bomb and Japan’s Decision to Surrender— A Reconsideration”
Individuals see “The Shock of the Atomic Bomb and Japan’s Decision to Surrender— A Reconsideration,” by Sadao Asada, as tedious and boring. Including names of different articles and historians can seem useless and insignificant, however I challenge you to see the strengths within this piece. Asada’s academic article puts entertainment and emotional appeal aside to discuss a different side of the Hiroshima bombing then previously emphasized, due to new information. As a result, Asada’s factual article presents a convincing case: the atomic bombs and Russian pressure were both necessary for Japan to finally surrender,
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He provides in-depth information, which supports his paper, followed by a summary of the main points found at the end of different ideas and sections (Asada, 485, 489, 494, 496, 499, 500, 503, 505). This effectively follows Asada’s train of thought, and improves understanding, while displaying the relevance to his thesis. It is easy to get confused by the in-depth details, however Asada wisely provides numerous summaries to help the reader focus on the developing argument. The information provided is like different moves in chess. Every piece is important as it gives perspective, seen with details; however, zooming-out shows the big picture, which is what Asada is working …show more content…
In order Asada to be taken serious, he outlines his sources, and and how some contain flaws. Before the U.S.A. arrived, “the Japanese government destroyed much of its archives for fear that the materials might be used in the trails of war criminals” (Asada, 484). The burned information limits the research available. The surviving records include American interrogations of surviving Japanese, this lead to discrepancies within each source (Asada, 484). This forces Asada to look at various sources to reevaluate events leading to Japan surrendering, instead of depending on anecdotal evidence (484-85). By using his accumulated knowledge, Asada makes informed connections to understand and provide accurate information for his thesis. The flawed documents give an accurate glimpse of what war times were like. Asada uses the information available to present events surrounding Japan’s surrender which strengthens his thesis by being open about the deficiencies and presents an insight of the difficulties within times of

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