Resurrecting Nagasaki — Ebook

Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives

Auteur : Chad Diehl
Publication : 15/03/2018
Langue : English
Pages : 232
Éditeur : Cornell University Press
Collections : Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
ISBN : 9781501712074
Catégories : Histoire / Militaire / Seconde guerre mondiale, Histoire / Militaire / Guerre nucléaire, Histoire / Asie / Japon

In Resurrecting Nagasaki, Chad R. Diehl examines the reconstruction of Nagasaki City after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945. Diehl illuminates the genesis of narratives surrounding the bombing by following the people and groups who contributed to the city's rise from the ashes and shaped its postwar image in Japan and the world. Municipal officials, survivor-activist groups, the Catholic community, and American occupation officials interpreted the destruction and envisioned the reconstruction of the city from different and sometimes disparate perspectives. Each group's narrative situated the significance of the bombing within the city's postwar urban identity in unique ways, informing the discourse of reconstruction as well as its physical manifestations in the city's revival. Diehl's analysis reveals how these atomic narratives shaped both the way Nagasaki rebuilt and the ways in which popular discourse on the atomic bombings framed the city's experience for decades.

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