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August 2021

August 1945 in the Asia-Pacific Theater: From Total War to Nuclear War

Friday, August 6
  • Aaron William Moore (University of Edinburgh)
  • Sayaka Chatani (The National University of Singapore)
  • Ran Zwigenberg (Pennsylvania State University)

Webinar Overview: The year 1945 was probably the worst year of the war. Millions of lives were lost in the Götterdämmerung that was the downfall of the Axis. These were not just military deaths. For the first time in the history of modern warfare, the deaths of civilians exceeded those of soldiers. The culmination of the ever-increasing brutality of WWII was in the two nuclear bombs that exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the slaughter started much earlier, with civilians…

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