The Statist Quo
The Statist Quo
Aug 20, 2020
The Atomic Bombings - Part 1
Play • 1 hr 24 min

In observance of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we take a deep dive into the history surrounding them.  The A-bombings is one of those historical events just about everyone knows and has heard the story of, but hardly anyone really has a deep understanding of.  So many important details get lost in the process, and it doesn't help that the US government and media have done a great job of sanitizing and whitewashing the violent legacy of strategic bombing in WW2.

Covered on this series (Pt 1 & 2)

-A quick word about the Manhattan project and Hyde Park memo

-Silverplate and the 509th Composite Group

-Strategic bombing in general, including incendiary bombing

-What was going on in the Japanese government circa 1945

-The Potsdam Conference, declaration and its earlier drafts

-The bombing mission and its aftermath

-The influence of the USSR on Japan's surrender

-The legacy of the bombings, and their defenders' main arguments


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