1. Make an argument that answers the following question: on August 9, 1945, did Nagasaki experience a disaster? In making your argument, you should:
• be clear about how you are defining “disaster”.
• address possible objections: can disasters be intentional, for example? do they have to be unexpected? for whom?
• explain how we should understand the event. If it wasn’t a disaster, how should we characterize it? If there was a disaster, what kind of disaster was it?
2. Think here about the immediate causes of the bombing of Nagasaki, as well as its effects and the responses to them. Use lecture notes only sparingly. Feel free to draw brief parallels to other disasters we’ve discussed in the course and cite course materials accordingly.
A disaster is a grave disturbance occurring over a short or long period of time that causes widespread human, material, economic or environmental loss which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources. The greatest disaster that ever befell the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was when the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, with the consent of the United Kingdom, as required by the Quebec Agreement.