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"Japan and the Atomic Bomb"

Course of Our Times, Series II

VHS; U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

Japan emerged from World War I as the strongest and most confident nation in the Orient. However, she was restricted to a tiny area, smaller than California, with an expanding population highly skilled and ambitious. She was determined to take leadership for the unnumbered millions of Asians, fulfilling her own economic and social needs and protecting the races. This chapter details the opportunistic partnership she entered with the Fascist dictators of Europe, the attempt to subordinate China and the colonial holdings of the European powers, and the growing animosity toward the United States, leading to Pearl Harbor and the ensuing all-out war. It was ended with the atomic bomb, the morality of whose use by the United States had been a subject of impassioned debate ever since. The defeat of Japan was complete and it led to the ironic development of a firm friendship with the conqueror, so that, in the decades that followed, Japan became the staunchest ally of the United States in Asia.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 VHS use copy [In Course of Our Times Collection, Box 1]
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 26]
3 16 mm films [1 B&W, 2 color; in Sachar Film Collection]