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The First Nuclear Age

in Better Safe Than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804760638
eISBN:
9780804770989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804760638.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

The Cold War, nuclear overkill, and mutual assured destruction defined the first nuclear age. Nuclear negotiations naturally became a field of superpower rivalry. The existential facts of nuclear ... More


The Cold War Arms Race: Forces Beyond the Superpowers

Vojtech Mastny

in Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198735267
eISBN:
9780191799471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735267.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

The arms race during the Cold War was determined not only by the nuclear-armed superpowers but also by their allies and other actors, as well by asymmetries of conventional forces. Its four stages ... More


Imagining the apocalypse: nuclear winter in science and the world

Paul Rubinson

in Understanding the Imaginary War: Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict, 1945-90

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781784994402
eISBN:
9781526115126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994402.003.0011
Subject:
History, Military History

During the 1980s, Carl Sagan and other scientists used the theory of nuclear winter to criticize the arms race. Historians have largely dismissed nuclear winter as a political movement. In fact, ... More


Politics and the Arms Race

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Freeman Dyson, a physicist and an author, was one of the few who raised the issue of morality in the nuclear winter debate. Virtually silent regarding the subject were the Roman Catholic bishops, ... More


Report after Report

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

On December 11, 1984, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued its final report on nuclear winter. The report was a vindication of sorts for Carl Sagan and his TTAPS team of Richard Turco, Owen ... More


Epilogue

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0022
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Nuclear winter did not seem to affect the policy of the Reagan administration. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, it even disappeared from talks about strategy. The consequences of nuclear ... More


Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Ira Chernus

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For eight years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and national security. Yet his policies entrenched the United States in a seemingly permanent cold war, a spiraling nuclear arms ... More


Inside the Beltway, 1984

Lawrence Badash

in A Nuclear Winter's Tale: Science and Politics in the 1980s

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012720
eISBN:
9780262258531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the summer of 1983, the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) responded to the possibility that nuclear winter might be a real phenomenon in a prompt and honest manner. Like other government agencies, ... More


Conclusion: The National Insecurity State

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

President Dwight Eisenhower pursued the Edenic vision that had enlightened in his first months in office: a “free world” permanently stable, secure, and at peace due to its policies that were ... More


End-Times Prophecy for Dummies: Reading The Late Great Planet Earth

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines how readers engaged with Hal Lindsey's The Late Great Planet Earth and the debates surrounding it. The Late Great Planet Earth was explicitly marketed to two distinct ... More


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