August 2014

Hiroshima (69 years after), Godzilla, and New Academic Research on Nuclear Weapons

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On 6 August 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the first nuclear weapon used in warfare over Hiroshima, Japan.  The historical debate over the reasons and ethical justifications for the bombing continues to this day.  Today the SHAFR website looks at three aspects of this very large and complex topic--early 1946 coverage of the bombing, Japanese reactions to nuclear weapons through the prism of the 1954 movie Godilla, and the state, in 2014, of scholarly work on the role that nuclear weapons have played in international politics since Hiroshima.

Roundtable on U.S.-Habsburg Relations from 1815 to the Paris Peace Conference: Sovereignty Transformed

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"If you teach a survey course on the history of American foreign relations, chances are that you don’t spend very much time on the Austria-Hungarian Empire, or “the Habsburgs,” as Nicole Phelps refers to that multinational empire in her remarkable new book," notes Thomas Schwartz, adding that "As Rodney Dangerfield may have put it, the Habsburgs get no respect.  Phelps is out to change that perception."