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Political Science
John Haines

POL208: Lecture 1 3 crucial events in world history: 1. Decision to drop the atomic bomb 2. Fall of the Berlin wall 3. 911 Atomic Bomb: N August 6 and 9 : Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 200 000 civilian deaths N Led to the end of WWII N Why was the decision unanimous? o Simply bc America was at war with Japan o Battle with Japan led to high American casualties o Pentagon forecasted nearly 250 000 American deaths o Full invasion of Japan would be extremely costly o Using the atomic would end up saving lives (not only American bust also Japanese) N The nuclear attack was part of a massive bombardment campaign; Tokyo was already being bombed: 60 000 casualties N $K4.N,3Z0 o **the dropping of the bomb was meant to show the Soviets that America was the strongest and most powerful nation --- balance of power (still only a theory) N Presiden
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