Re-imagining Hiroshima

This edited volume reconsiders the importance of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki from a post-Cold War perspective. It has been argued that during the Cold War era scholarship was limited by the anxiety that authors felt about the possibility of a global thermonuclear war, and the role their scholarship could play in obstructing such an event. The new scholarship of Nuclear Humanities approaches this history and its fallout with both more nuanced and integrative inquiries, paving the way towards a deeper integration of these seminal events beyond issues of policy and ethics. This volume, therefore, offers a distinctly post-Cold War perspective on the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The chapters collected here address the memorialization and commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by officials and states, but also ordinary people’s resentment, suffering, or forgiveness. The volume presents a variety of approaches with contributions from academics and contributions from authors who are strongly connected to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and its people. In addition, the work branches out beyond the traditional subjects of social sciences and humanities to include contributions on art, photography, and design. This variety of approaches and perspectives provides moral and political insights on the full range of vulnerabilities–such as emotional, bodily, cognitive, and ecological–that pertains to nuclear harm. This book will be of much interest to students of critical war studies, nuclear weapons, World War II history, Asian History and International Relations in general.



Table of Contents 

Editorial: Re-imagining Hiroshima [N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs]

The most modern city in the world: Isamu Noguchi’s cenotaph controversy and Hiroshima’s city of peace [Ran Zwigenberg]

Unbearable light/ness of the bombing: normalizing violence and banalizing the horror of the atomic bomb experiences [Yuki Miyamoto]

Remembering nukes: collective memories and countering state history [Stefanie Fishel]

Contested spaces of ethnicity: zainichi Korean accounts of the atomic bombings [Erik Ropers]

Hiroshima and two paradoxes of Japanese nuclear perplexity [Thomas E. Doyle II]

Re-imagining Hiroshima in America [Robert Del Tredici]

Re-imagining Hiroshima in Japan [elin o–Hara slavick]

Memory and survival in everyday textures–Ishiuchi Miyako’s Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts, ひろしま/ Hiroshima 1945/2007 [Makeda Best]

Nagasaki Re-Imagined: the last shall be first [Kathleen Sullivan]


N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs’ (eds.) Re-imagining Hiroshima was published as a special issue of Routledge’s Critical Military Studies in August 2015. To download the editorial introduction, click here


A sample of related publication/s 

Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor and Ellise Barkley (eds.), “Reimagining Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture”, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [Including contributions by: Ellise Barkley, Jessie Boylan, Mick Broderick, Paul Brown, Teresa Crea, Linda Dement, Merilyn Fairskye, Adrian Glamorgan, Robert Jacobs, Luke Harrald, Steve Harrison, Avon Hudson, Christobel Mattingley, Nic Mollison, Gordon Murray, Warren (Ebay) Paul, Keith Peters, Elizabeth PO, John Romeril, Mima Smart, N.A.J. Taylor, and John Turpie.] [Link to book portal]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Why reimagine Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga?’, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]

Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor, and Ellise Barkley, ‘Monte Bello, Emu, Maralinga and after: Documenting the Nuclear Futures Partnership Initiative’, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs (eds.), Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, Routledge, U.K.: London, 2017. [Including contributions by: Stuart Bender, Makeda Best, Mick Broderick, Adam Broinowski, Thomas Doyle II, Stefanie Fishel, Robert Jacobs, Yuki Miyamoto, Marcel Quiroz, Jessica Rapson, Erik Ropers, Imafuku Ryuta, Kathleen Sullivan, Shinpei Takeda, N.A.J. Taylor, and Ran Zwigenberg.] [Link to book portal]

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs, ‘On Hiroshima becoming history’, in N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs (eds.), Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, Routledge, U.K.: London, 2017, pp.1-12. [PDF]

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs, ‘Editorial: Re-imagining Hiroshima’, Critical Military Studies, Vol. 1 Is. 2, August 2015, pp.99-101. [PDF]