2017. Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction Review.

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2017 Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction Review The first use of nuclear weaponry in warfare occurred on the morning of August 6, 1945 when the United States dropped the atomic bomb known as “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan. The result was devastating, demonstrating the true power of nuclear warfare. Since the incident, the world has been left fearing the possible calamity of another nuclear war. Joseph Siracusa’s Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction explains aspects of nuclear weaponry from simply what a nuclear weapon is, to the growing fear from nuclear warfare advancements in an age of terrorism. The book furthered my education on nuclear weapons and the effect they place on society, physically and mentally. Siracusa…show more content…
The research of the bomb took place in over 30 locations across the United States and Canada, and the development of the bomb took place in Los Alamos, Mexico (Siracusa 34). Through extensive research by many world-renowned physicists, it was concluded that uranium-235 was the best choice for the atomic bomb and was chosen as the energy source of the first bombs. Once tested, the bombs were built and used as the final assaults in World War II against Japan. When the bombs were detonated, there were no laws or regulations against the use of nuclear power in warfare, nor was nuclear technology frowned upon. The power of nuclear energy was evident after the explosions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to a desire for nuclear advancement worldwide peacefully. Several conferences were held and many plans were proposed for the future of nuclear technology. There were two major plans for how to handle nuclear weaponry in the future. The Baruch Plan was the proposal that the spread of nuclear weaponry cease. To do so, mining of atomic materials was to be supervised by the United Nations, and the United States was to give up its atomic weapons. The plan was presented to the Soviet Union, and their response was the Gromyko Plan. The Gromyko plan was the Soviet’s idea that all production of nuclear weapons stop, and the United States must hand over all its nuclear weapons. The plan also said that existing weapons must be destroyed within three months, new laws

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