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Lecture 6 - The Problem

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Lecture number:
6
Pages:
5
School:
University of Southern California
Course:
Ir 369 - Contemporary European International Relations

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The Problem creating a new world order Roosevelts Success Brought two separate wars to nearly simultaneous conclusions o Land war in Europe Sea war in pacific Left US stronger at end than beginning o Not the case with war on terrorism Remembered to keep proclaimed interests from extending beyond actual capabilities Spending on domestic war industries ended depression Manhattan Project Atomic bomb hard to imagine this being successful in any other time thab war Headed by General Leslie Groves 37 sites around the country employing 120 000 workers Key location Los Alamos New Mexico under direction of physicist J Robert Oppenheimer First successful test July 16 1945 First use in war August 6th 1945 in Hiroshima US became only country in the world with atomic bomb Soviet spies in production Stalin was aware of the bomb Atomic Bomb Roosevelt Put Harry Truman on the ballet during his 4th election because he thought it would help him win Roosevelt didn t like or trust Truman and barely even talked to him after the campaign Truman didn t know about the existence of the atomic bomb Once Truman found out about the bomb he assumed it was built to be used Firebombing had become routine in this war so to Truman it seemed like an easier way to do something they had already been doing throughout the war Truman didn t seem to question have moral angst in using the bomb Truman used the bomb because 10 000 Americans would die in a land invasion With the bomb the people dying were Japanese not Americans Would Truman have dropped the bomb on Euros he dropped it on Asians racism True target of the atomic bomb was not the Japanese but the soviet union New World Order Big Questions What is the essential logic of state choice in those postwar moments when the basic orgs of international order is up for grabs Why has the specific solution to the problem of order changed or evolved across the great post wars settlement Atlantic Charter Roosevelt and Churchill meet in secret on a boat in the



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