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Looks at the controversies surrounding the use of the atomic bomb against Japan during World War II, arguing that President Truman dropped the bomb to bring an end to the war and avoid mass casualities from an invasion of Japan.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert James Maddox
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Release: 2004-08-23
File: 215 Pages
ISBN-13: 0826215629

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Looks at the controversies surrounding the use of the atomic bomb against Japan during World War II, arguing that President Truman dropped the bomb to bring an end to the war and avoid mass casualities from an invasion of Japan.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert James Maddox
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Release: 2004-08-23
File: 215 Pages
ISBN-13: 0826215629

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Looks at the controversies surrounding the use of the atomic bomb against Japan during World War II, arguing that President Truman dropped the bomb to bring an end to the war and avoid mass casualities from an invasion of Japan.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert James Maddox
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Release: 2004-08-23
File: 215 Pages
ISBN-13: 0826215629

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As the Nazi advance across Europe stalled, Adolf Hitler repeatedly told his military advisers and inner circle that Germany possessed Wunderwaffen - miracle weapons - that would turn the tide and bring the Germans ultimate victory. But was he simply boasting out of desperation, or were the 'miracle weapons' real? Ideas that other governments considered too outrageous were funded by the Third Reich. At this time, German scientists and engineers led the world in the fields of aviation research, rocketry, and the quest for alternative sources of energy. They even came perilously close to beating the British and Americans in the search to build the first atomic bomb. This book describes the Nazis' secret plans to produce weapons of mass destruction, and shows how they almost succeeded in defeating the Allies in World War II.

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Genre: History
Author: Michael FitzGerald
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Release: 2018-09-10
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781789502640

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When High King Cian of Eire dies, his daughter, eighteen-year-old Edana, is visited by the god of Fate with a warning: war is coming to Eire and it is up to her to stop it. First on her list of impossible tasks: Find the four treasures--ancient weapons with unimaginable power--before her enemies can.When her mother, Queen Bidelia goes missing and a stranger is captured sneaking around the citadel, Edana learns that her mother's disappearance and the quest for the first and most powerful of the god's weapons may be linked. Worse yet, teaming up with the intruder, Phelan, might be her only chance to find both. Before she can find either, Edana is faced with a harsh betrayal by someone she once thought close to her family. With allies becoming enemies, Edana must decide who she can trust if she hopes to survive and save those she loves.Edana, along with her sister Ianna, childhood friend Kyl, and the mysterious Phelan, set out on a quest that will challenge everything they thought they knew about their world, their places in it, and the strength needed to challenge both gods and men.

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Author: A. B. Keeton
Publisher:
Release: 2017-09-14
File: 335 Pages
ISBN-13: 1549741292

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In 1098, three years into the First Crusade and after a brutal eight-month siege, the Franks captured the city of Antioch. Two days later, Muslim forces arrived with a relief army, and the victors became the besieged. Exhausted and ravaged by illness and hunger, the Franks were exhorted by their religious leaders to supplicate God, and for three days they performed a series of liturgical exercises, beseeching God through ritual prayer to forgive their sins and grant them victory. The following day, the Christian army, accompanied by bishops and priests reciting psalms and hymns, marched out of the city to face the Muslim forces and won a resounding and improbable victory. From the very beginning and throughout the history of the Crusades, liturgical prayer, masses, and alms were all marshaled in the fight against the Muslim armies. During the Fifth Crusade, Pope Honorius III likened liturgy to "invisible weapons." This book is about those invisible weapons; about the prayers and liturgical rituals that were part of the battle for the faith. M. Cecilia Gaposchkin tells the story of the greatest collective religious undertaking of the Middle Ages, putting front and center the ways in which Latin Christians communicated their ideas and aspirations for crusade to God through liturgy, how liturgy was deployed in crusading, and how liturgy absorbed ideals or priorities of crusading. Liturgy helped construct the devotional ideology of the crusading project, endowing war with religious meaning, placing crusading ideals at the heart of Christian identity, and embedding crusading warfare squarely into the eschatological economy. By connecting medieval liturgical books with the larger narrative of crusading, Gaposchkin allows us to understand a crucial facet in the culture of holy war.

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Genre: History
Author: M. Cecilia Gaposchkin
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Release: 2017-01-17
File: 376 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781501707971

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When President Harry Truman authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan, he did so to end a bloody war that would have been bloodier still had the planned invasion of Japan proved necessary. Revisionists claim that Truman's real interest was a power play with the Soviet Union and that the Japanese would have surrendered even earlier had the retention of their imperial system been assured. Truman wanted the war to continue, they insist, in order to show off America's powerful new weapon. This anthology exposes revisionist fallacies about Truman's motives, the cost of an invasion, and the question of Japan's surrender. Essays by prominent military and diplomatic historians reveal the hollowness of revisionist claims, exposing the degree to which these agenda-driven scholars have manipulated the historical record to support their contentions. They show that, although some Japanese businessmen and minor officials indicated a willingness to negotiate peace, no one in a governmental decision-making capacity even suggested surrender. And although casualty estimates for an invasion vary considerably, the more authoritative approximations point to the very bloodbath that Truman sought to avoid. Volume editor Robert Maddox first examines the writings of revisionist Gar Alperovitz to expose the unscholarly methods Alperovitz employed to support his claims, then distinguished Japanese historian Sadao Asada reveals how difficult it was for his country's peace faction to prevail even after the bombs had been dropped. Other contributors point to continuing Japanese military buildups, analyze the revisionists' low casualty estimates for an invasion, reveal manipulations of the Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946, and show how even the exhibit commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the bombing at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum hewed to the revisionist line. And a close reading of Tsuyoshi Hasegawa's acclaimed Racing the Enemy exposes many grave discrepancies between that recent revisionist text and its sources. The use of atomic bombs against Japan remains one of the most controversial issues in American history. Gathered in a single volume for the first time, these insightful readings take a major step toward settling that controversy by showing how insubstantial Hiroshima revisionism really is--and that sometimes history cannot proceed without decisive action, however regrettable.

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Genre: History
Author: Robert James Maddox
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Release: 2007
File: 213 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780826265876

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The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton's bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests, and in command of a global production system. Rather than belittled by a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably had the world's most advanced mechanized forces. It had not only a great empire, but allies large and small. Edgerton shows that Britain fought on many fronts and its many home fronts kept it exceptionally well supplied with weapons, food and oil, allowing it to mobilize to an extraordinary extent. It created and deployed a vast empire of machines, from the humble tramp steamer to the battleship, from the rifle to the tank, made in colossal factories the world over. Scientists and engineers invented new weapons, encouraged by a government and prime minister enthusiastic about the latest technologies. The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat at the hands of less well-equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. Putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story, Britain's War Machine demolishes timeworn myths about wartime Britain and gives us a groundbreaking and often unsettling picture of a great power in action.

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Genre: History
Author: David Edgerton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2011-09-09
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199911509

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This book is a counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of weapons in its arsenal. The case against nuclear weapons has been made on many grounds—including historical, political, and moral. But, Brad Roberts argues, it has not so far been informed by the experience of the United States since the Cold War in trying to adapt deterrence to a changed world, and to create the conditions that would allow further significant changes to U.S. nuclear policy and posture. Drawing on the author's experience in the making and implementation of U.S. policy in the Obama administration, this book examines that real world experience and finds important lessons for the disarmament enterprise. Central conclusions of the work are that other nuclear-armed states are not prepared to join the United States in making reductions, and that unilateral steps by the United States to disarm further would be harmful to its interests and those of its allies. The book ultimately argues in favor of patience and persistence in the implementation of a balanced approach to nuclear strategy that encompasses political efforts to reduce nuclear dangers along with military efforts to deter them.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Brad Roberts
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Release: 2015-12-09
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780804797153

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The advent of poison gas in World War I shocked Britons at all levels of society, yet by the end of the conflict their nation was a leader in chemical warfare. Although never used on the home front, poison gas affected almost every segment of British society physically, mentally, or emotionally, proving to be an armament of total war. Through cartoons, military records, novels, treaties, and other sources, Marion Girard examines the varied ways different sectors of British society viewed chemical warfare, from the industrialists who promoted their toxic weapons while maintaining private control of production,øto the politicians who used gas while balancing the need for victory with the risk of developing a reputation for barbarity. Although most Britons considered gas a vile weapon and a symptom of the enemy?s inhumanity, many eventually condoned its use. ø The public debates about the future of gas extended to the interwar years, and evidence reveals that the taboo against poison gas was far from inevitable. A Strange and Formidable Weapon uncovers the complicated history of this weapon of total war and illustrates the widening involvement of society in warfare.

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Genre: History
Author: Marion Girard
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release: 2008-06-01
File: 279 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780803222236

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