A lecture by Chad Diehl, 2011-12 Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow.
After the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 1945, city officials and surviving residents set out to revive the destroyed landscape, sometimes with conflicting visions, looking to the city’s history to provide templates for the reconstruction process. Perceptions of the significance of the destruction varied, which shaped an image of Nagasaki as an atomic-bombed city that contrasted starkly with that of its atomic counterpart, Hiroshima. While Hiroshima became synonymous with the atomic bomb in national and international discourse, Nagasaki followed its own path, one that illuminates the relationship between mass destruction, city history, religion, and historical remembrance.
Chad Diehl graduated from Columbia University with a PhD in modern Japanese history. His publications include And the River Flowed on as a Raft of Corpses: The Poetry of Yamaguchi Tsutomu, Survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies
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