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I’ve always had an interest in history but growing up I’ve come to realize I don’t enjoy the typical textbook history. I’ve discovered a podcaster by the name of Dan Carlin provides both an entertaining and enlightening series of podcasts.


He spends months, up to four or even half a year, sometimes even a whole year, researching a given topic on history and tries to provide a non biased view of events from both sides of history from first hand accounts, soldiers letters, and books from sources he provides. 

This series is about the Nation of Japan and how their culture changed during and after WWll. 

This podcast episode takes a look at humanity and weapons of mass destruction. Can humans be capable of handling such frightening power? How can we know? The focus of this one looks towards the creation of the atom bombs and nuclear warfare and how people have viewed such manmade creations of devastation. 


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I can appreciate Carlin's work for what it is, but he is by far not at all comprehensive in most of his research.  The standard research prospectus takes about that same amount of time to compose generally, and there are hundreds if not thousands of RPQ's that go unanswered for that reason.  That being said, the atomic bombings are pretty cut and dry (I am assuming that's why you brought this up!) and the only thing historians really beat around the bush about sometimes is the reasoning.

Here is what we know that has largely been in a state of denial to new acceptance in both west and east historical retrospection:

1. The war may not have "started" at all, but could rather be seen as just in a perpetual state since 1914.

2. The war, if it did have a start, likely should be attributed to the 1931 Manchurian invasion.

3. Japan was an arguable instigator with it's forceful hegemony and case in eugenics. 

4. The use of atomic diplomacy was, in retrospect, a means to save lives rather than destroy them (albeit they did do that).

Much of this lends to research in documents thought to be destroyed by the Japanese after the war, but were in fact not.  Instances like Unit 731, the Rape of Nanking, the enslavement of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean citizens, experimentation on American POW's, and the whole other onslaught of icky stuff.  The bottom line, is that Japan had to reshape itself if it had any chance to survive in a post-World War era.  The Allies would have won, and while it would have bled them, Japan would have been totally annihilated in the process.  The Japanese knew this.

That often leads to this saying: The victors of war are arguably victorious. 

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