U.S. Nuclear Power and American Foreign Policy

This paper focuses on U.S. nuclear power and American foreign policy, 1945-1950. The author contends that the U.S. nuclear monopoly gave it a position of power which developed into a hard line toward Russia leading to the Cold War.

This research studies the impact that U.S. nuclear power had on American foreign policy between 1945 and 1950. It is assumed that the United States did not, for moral reasons, take advantage of this power. This research will examine the validity of this assumption.
What was the post-war situation the United States faced in 1945? Most important was that the United States had not only unlocked the secrets of nuclear fission, but had also demonstrated this to the world in two explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has been suggested that the major reason for the United States dropping the bombs was to affect the post-war balance of power. Commentators. argued that the reason for dropping the bombs was not to shorten the war; the war with Japan was already guaranteed to be ending, and they believed that the …

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