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POL208Y1
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POL208
Lecture 1
14-Sep-10
Three crucial events
1. Decision to drop the bomb in Hiroshima
2. Fall of the berlin wall in 1989
3. 9/11-terrorist attack
-from these three events we are still living with the shadow.
-on Aug 6 two nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, killing 200 000 people.
-First time nuclear bombs used
-this decision to drop the bomb ended WWII
-how was this decision was unanimous, which causes mass murder killing 200 000 civilians.
-the main reason why such a decision was made was because the US was at war.
-the invasion of mainland Japan was done because it would save American lives and Japanese
lives, in the form that less soldier casualties.
-from US perspective the bombing was a mass murder
- the nuclear bomb was the tip of the campaign for US
-President Armand Truman was inexperienced with international affairs. He was unaware of the
nuclear project, the Manhattan project which was top secret.
-the VP didnt even know about.
-Truman was feeling the pressure and signed a paper to pass the project.
-Truman was just a pawn in the whole scenario
-Diplomats, this bombing would show Russia and the world that US was the most powerful
nation in the world.
-Russia was USs ally but there was a lot of tension.
-why didnt the US just show the Japanese a demonstration of the bomb on a stranded island?
Scientists were not sure if the bombs would work.
-these bombs were so powerful that it changed the whole world. This bomb is 10 times stronger
than TNT.
-one single bomb can waste a whole city. There is no defense or shield against an atom or
nuclear bomb. This changed the whole world.
-the decision was unanimous and there was no discrepancies. Britain and Canada agreed with the
bombing.
-the fall of the Berlin wall was a surprise to everyone, even to the Germans. No academic could
predict the fall of the Berlin wall and the cold war.
-the object was to decrease the pressure on the soviets because the arms war was so hot.
-sending tanks to stop a freedom demonstration in the USSR, that era is gone.
- Iron curtain inside Europe that divided communism and democracy.
-In a conference it was stated that freedom of travel was allowed in Germany. So, hundreds of
thousands Germans went to the wall on brought it down.
-Non-tangible elements, is the flow of information between both sides of Germany, east and
west.
-the flow of money from west Germany to east Germany.
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POL208 Lecture 1 14-Sep-10 Three crucial events 1. Decision to drop the bomb in Hiroshima 2. Fall of the berlin wall in 1989 3. 911-terrorist attack -from these three events we are still living with the shadow. -on Aug 6 two nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, killing 200 000 people. -First time nuclear bombs used -this decision to drop the bomb ended WWII -how was this decision was unanimous, which causes mass murder killing 200 000 civilians. -the main reason why such a decision was made was because the US was at war. -the invasion of mainland Japan was done because it would save American lives and Japanese lives, in the form that less soldier casualties. -from US perspective the bombing was a mass murder - the nuclear bomb was the tip of the campaign for US -President Armand Truman was inexperienced with international affairs. He was unaware of the nuclear project, the Manhattan project which was top secret. -the VP didnt even know about. -Truman was feeling the pressure and signed a paper to pass the project. -Truman was just a pawn in the whole scenario -Diplomats, this bombing would show Russia and the world that US was the most powerful nation in the
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