HIS 100 Theme 3 Historical Context Chart

HIS 100 Theme 3: Historical Context Chart

Prompt: Historiography is the practice of analyzing how the historical context of a time influences how historians write about and interpret historical events. First, choose three secondary sources from your selected topic in the Research Kit and copy and paste the full citation of each article into the Article Citation field.

Next, explain in the chart below how you think the historical context of the time when these articles were written may have impacted the authors’ interpretations of the events. You are encouraged to check out this website to help you formulate your thoughts on the historical context of your articles.

Historical Context

Article Citation Historical Context of Publication Date Impact of Historical Context on Author’s Thesis
Frisch, D. H. (1970). Scientists and the decision to bomb Japan. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 26(6), 107–115. The cold war is still in effect and more knowledge of atomic energy is available. Russia and the US are still at stalemate, and terrorism is a worldwide epidemic. 25 years after the fact in a tumultuous time this article looks at the decisions and alternatives available for the leaders at the time and the thinking behind it. This is one of the most critical writings and brings tangible facts and alternatives to the table.
Zeman, S. C. (2008). “Taking hell’s measurements”: Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines and the atomic bomb from Hiroshima to Bikini. Journal of Popular Culture, 41(4), 695–711. This was published over 60 years from the time of the explosion. Much more is known about nuclear war and the atomic age. Interpretations can be impacted because there is so much more that is known about atomic energy and harnessing it. There are both positive and negative viewpoints that have valid and tangible points.
Reynolds, M. L., & Lynch, F. X. (1955). Atomic bomb injuries among survivors in Hiroshima. Public Health Reports, 70(3), 261–270 Ten years after the war, this study admits to having some possible faults. The Cold War has started and lines were being drawn. It seems as if the US or the decision to use the bomb were being a bit sheltered. The stats gathered and the reasoning behind it seemed a little foggy. The overall attitude seemed inconclusive. The writing even stated reports of individuals within 1000 ft. of center still being alive weeks after the detonation, although it provided no report as to their condition.

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