The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Hiroshima Essay

1888 Words May 19th, 2016 8 Pages
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki drastically altered international politics by changing the scope and consequences of international warfare, as well as causing a widespread hysteria over the use of nuclear warfare that led to conflicts such as the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. On August 6, 1945, the world was changed forever. On that fateful day the United States plunged the world into the chaos of nuclear warfare by dropping the first nuclear bomb in world history. The bomb brought with it an absolutely unparalleled level of destruction to the Japanese city of Hiroshima. In less than a second, the lives of more than 100,000 people were brought to a sudden, fiery conclusion. In that instant, the meaning of warfare was changed. The United States, in a desperate attempt to bring an end to the Second World War, had turned to nuclear arms. Their reasons for doing so were twofold; first, they believed that Germany was developing one themselves. Second, the United States wished to end the conflict with Japan with as minimal American casualties as possible. Believing that Japan would instantly agree to an unconditional surrender following the first bomb, the United States was shocked when Japan appeared to make no move at all to surrender. The US was prepared for this, however, and on August 9, 1945, the US dropped another bomb. This time, the target was no longer a military zone, as Truman had originally wanted. Instead, the urban area of Nagasaki,…

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