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Barton J. Bernstein
Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)

American Foreign Policy and the Atomic Bomb, 1941-1947

An analysis of the early Cold War to resolve some of the controversy involving the atomic bomb: Why was it used in combat? Did the Truman administration practice "atomic diplomacy?" Why did the administration propose international control of atomic energy in 1946? This historical analysis will begin with the Roosevelt decision in 1941 to build the bomb. Roosevelt assumed that the bomb was a legitimate weapon to be used against the enemy (Germany and Japan) in WW II. He barred the Soviet Union from knowledge of the project and allowed the British to participate as junior partners. Study will also explore the bomb's effect on foreign policy, activities of dissenting scientists, and the popular acceptance of new forms of violence.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$19,670 (approved)
$19,670 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1976 – 6/30/1977