• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What were the effects of the atom bomb

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

There were many effects of the atomic bomb. There were Social, Economic, Military, and Political effects. When the bomb exploded at 08:16:02 there was a short bright flash of light accompanied by a heat wave lasting only 1/10th of a second. At ground zero people ceased to exist within a certain distance peoples eye balls melted. When the blast happened it sent off two shockwaves one headed towards the earth and the other shot up into the air sending the Enola gay into major turbulence. Also the blast-waves went across the land as well taking out anything in its way, it covered 2 miles per second the blast destroyed the whole of Hiroshima it took out 70,000 of the 76.000 buildings that were once standing to form a city. After the blast all supplies were cut off including gas, water, electricity these all were a danger to the surviving people that survived the blast in hiding or out of the city. ...read more.

Middle

The short term effect was that 70,000 of the 76,000 buildings in Hiroshima were destroyed which meant Japan had to rebuild from almost nothing also they needed money the rebuild so Japan had to take out a loan with America for the big rebuild in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki. However Japan suffered Long term effects from the bomb. They were that medical bills for burns and radiation sickness were going up costing Japan a massive debt with America the cost of the nuclear arms race was massive so big that it cannot be calculated also when the atom bomb was created USSR tried to compete with America but could not afford the cost of nuclear weapons. This was one reason for the collapse of communism in the USSR in the 1990s. ...read more.

Conclusion

Relations between countries were affected. The USSR distrusted the USA after they withheld information about the atom bomb being built and dropped. The 2 countries had been allies, The USA felt more confident in its negotiations with the USSR over the future of Europe Emperor HiroHito survived and HiroHito survived and Japan then became democratic but then the bomb was also one of the factors that led to the "Cold War" between the USA and the USSR. This was a long period of tension in the world between capitalists - USA and the communists - USSR. I think the most important effects are military and political because the military created the nuclear arms race leading to a close call from a nuclear war over the Cuban missile crisis. Also political effects were important because they caused a conflict between USSR and USA which was the cold war. After the war there was no trust between USSR and USA. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1945-1991 essays

  1. History - The Effects of evacuation in world war 2

    works in Britain, Scunthorpe was one of the targets of the Luftwaffe, but only suffered minor damage due to inaccuracy. Section 2 (The Experience of the Evacuee's in World War II)

  2. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Was President Kennedy the Saviour of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

    The Soviets, he feared, could have interpreted the flight as a reconnaissance mission precluding a nuclear strike. President Kennedy's reaction was much more calm and controlled. He laughed slightly and remarked, "There is always some son of a [-----] who doesn't get the word."

  1. In 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Why did the Americans ...

    indeed any other nation, to discourage attacks on the USA and to open up the potential for technology trading. The reasons behind the attacks can be better understood by examining the alternatives. Alternatives to 'The Bomb' were less attractive to Truman for various reasons.

  2. Arab Israeli Conflict

    A quote to show the determination of the Palestinians is from a Hamas supporter named Iyad. He says, "We will and overcome everything. If need be, we won't eat anymore but we won't give way". This quote he said, in the defence of his beloved Hamas.

  1. Edexcel Cold War 1943-1991 Revision (Detailed)

    Reagan hoped that with the soviet union spending more and more money competing with SDI, their economy would collapse. Relationship change from 1980-1985 Brezhnev died in 1982 and Andropov died shortly after in 1984. In 1983 grain was permitted by Reagan to be sold to the Soviet Union in, what

  2. Cold War Summary, quotes and revision notes.

    space with the Soviets - shook hands in space The Arms Race * After WW2 USSR maintained its large Red Army in Eastern Europe while Americans were keen to reduce forces to normal peace-time levels confident they could rely on nuclear weapons * By start of 1950's the situation had

  1. Cold War Short Essays - Questions and Answers.

    Also, NATO may never have been formed. Explain why relations between USA and USSR changed in the years 1949-55 (12 marks) One reason was because of the Arms Race. Both superpowers were competing against each other to build up the best military defence.

  2. Can the Bombing of Hiroshima be Justified?

    The bomb did not differentiate between adults and children, doctors, nurses and soldiers. They could have had their revenge when they attacked the Japanese on Kyushu, but they wanted it over quickly and did not really want to know about the consequences.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work