The Dilemma of the Atom Bomb

9 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2016

Date Written: December 18, 2016


Although many think the atom bombs dropped on Japan ended the war, scholarship shows a more nuanced picture. many factors influenced the Emperor's decision to accept the Potsdam Proclamation. The alternative to the bomb may have been carpet bombing of Japan; which was the more desirable way to end it?

Keywords: atom bomb, Japan, World War II

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

McGowan, Alan H., The Dilemma of the Atom Bomb (December 18, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Alan H. McGowan (Contact Author)

The New School ( email )

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