Type
Web site contribution
Title
What Europeans believe about Hiroshima and Nagasaki - and why it matters
In
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Author(s)
PELOPIDAS Benoît - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
EGELAND Kjolv - Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) (Author)
Keywords
Europe, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, World War II, polls, nuclear risk
Abstract
EN
Did the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shorten the war, and were they necessary to force the Japanese surrender? Many people believe the answer to both questions is yes: In dropping the Bomb, America chose the lesser of two evils. Although historians have long challenged this narrative as wrong or misleading, a significant number of Europeans still believe it. That is the primary result of a recent survey of European views on nuclear affairs generally and the atomic bombings of Japan specifically. The survey, carried out in October 2019, involved approximately 7,000 respondents aged 18 and upward, carefully selected to ensure representative samples from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom...

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