Did the Japanese offer to surrender before Hiroshima? (Part 2)
6 May 2022 | 4:25 pm

This is second post of a two part series on this topic. Click here for part one. Did the Japanese offer to surrender before the atomic bombs were dropped in August 1945? In my first post earlier this week, I gave what we might call the standard diplomatic history answer: no, they didn’t. There were […]

Did the Japanese offer to surrender before Hiroshima? (Part 1)
2 May 2022 | 2:59 pm

This is part one of a series of two posts on this topic. Click here for part two. One of the most common invocations made in the service of “the atomic bombs weren’t necessary” argument is that the Japanese offered to surrender well before Hiroshima, and that this was ignored by the United States because […]

NUKEMAP and the Ukraine–Russia war (so far)
9 April 2022 | 4:48 pm

In early February 2022, as readers will have seen, I celebrated the tenth anniversary of the NUKEMAP. Privately, I had been reflecting personally on how the usage stats had been lower since the end of the Trump presidency. My feelings about the NUKEMAP usage stats are always a bit conflicted, since usage patterns tend to […]


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