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History 1401E Study Guide - Comprehensive Final Exam Guide - Nuclear Weapon, Nuclear Warfare, Communism


Department
History
Course Code
HIS 1401E
Professor
Brock Millman
Study Guide
Final

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Lecture 1: Omega Point = the ultimate fate of the universe
War-games:
- 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world - Russia 7,300
- USA7,000
1. The meaning of the nuclear bomb lies in the extinction of a species.
- The bomb strips away the deluded notion that we are permanent.
- What it means to live in the backdrop of extinction (time of the end) - Mass destruction (end of
time)
- Everybody is meant to die
- Hiroshima: Burned shadows into the stone.
- Huge black rain drops -people are running away. But where do you go?
- Its a whole new world so much so that it creates its own weather system. - Trauma: Its an
injury where the wounds never heal
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Lecture 2-4: Hiroshima Theme: Unknowledge
We see the bomb as a necessity. If the Americans didn't build it then the
Nazi’s would have.
- So we try not to think of the bomb in terms of mass destruction.
2. We see the meaning of the bomb as a political decision: ultimately
maintaining the security of America
- For the cold war - ToendWW2
It allows these people to be dehumanized to lab rats Pg. 141 the ABC keenly reminded
him.... statistics - the product of pure war.
To the Americans, dropping the bomb became a scientific test - Relate to Boyer
- They choose Hiroshima because it is ringed in by mountains and they thought it would
maximize devastation.
- They wanted a virgin area - untouched so that they could analyze the data.
- So while they dropped it to end the war, they also wanted to leave Russia a message.
The Americans Left them to die
- They had taken control of their government, frozen bank funds so they couldn’t take
out insurance Pg. 136(ish) - till 1952
- It wasn't until 1957 that they received first medical funding form the government.
- Despite radiation sickness, A-bomb syndrome, 80 000 killed immediately but 40 000
more people died following the months of the bomb.
- The city became extremely impoverished and naturally violent.
They were left for dead and living in their own filth. Naturally a stigma of them evolved.
Rumours began to circulate about Hiroshima
- They are seen as damaged goods Pg.104
- They couldn't get jobs.
- People were afraid of them.
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