Britain and Hiroshima

  title={Britain and Hiroshima},
  author={Jacques E. C. Hymans},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={769 - 797}
  • J. Hymans
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
Abstract Most historical accounts of the atomic bombings of Japan show little interest in Britain's explicit authorization for the attacks. Meanwhile, the few historians who have attempted to explain it rely on a unitary, rational actor model of the British state that is misleading. This article demonstrates that high-ranking British officials became anxious early on about the strategic consequences of a peremptory use of the new weapon. Therefore, especially over the course of 1944 they sought… Expand
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