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Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Scott Kaufman

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech, scientists at the Atomic Energy Commission and the University of California’s Radiation Laboratory began in 1957 a program they ... More


Plowshare Goes Down Under

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details how Project Plowshare, and the hope of atomic construction of an isthmian canal, faltered. In the years following Plowshare's inception, officials from France, the United ... More


A Plan of Biblical Proportions

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details the history of Project Plowshare from its conception to its implementation. For Eisenhower, the question was how to limit the arms race while permitting the United States to ... More


Just Drop Us a Card

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter looks at some of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Plowshare experiments. The first one, Project Chariot, was motivated by US Information Agency Director Arthur Larson’s suggestion to ... More


From Moratorium to Test Ban

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter demonstrates how President John F. Kennedy largely continued Eisenhower's Plowshare policy. Eager to see the test ban negotiations at Geneva achieve fruition, Kennedy did not want to ... More


The Complexities of Canal Construction

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter studies the Panama Canal riots and its implication for both US–Panamanian relations and Plowshare. Roberto Chiari, Panama's president, severed diplomatic ties with the US, charging ... More


Nuclear Testing, Nonproliferation, and Plowshare

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter illustrates the danger posed by the spread of nuclear technology. Adoption of Resolution 1665 demonstrated international recognition of this danger. In a United Nations General Assembly ... More


Dead as a Doornail

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter looks at how the United States became dependent on imported oil, half of which came from Middle East. This was an issue since the Soviet Union maintained close ties with Arab countries ... More


Back from the Dead?

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This concluding chapter initially focuses on theoretical physicist Edward Teller's proposal to construct a waterway across the Kra Isthmus using nuclear explosives. At the time, Plowshare was in the ... More


Promoting the Peaceful Atom

Scott Kaufman

in Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451256
eISBN:
9780801465833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter outlines how President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a more benign use for nuclear explosives, calling it Atoms for Peace. His proposal caught the attention of scientists at ... More


Backgrounds of Things Human All Too Human

Laurence Lampert

in What a Philosopher Is: Becoming Nietzsche

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226488110
eISBN:
9780226488257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226488257.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter begins with “the crisis” of Nietzsche’s life symbolized by his leaving Bayreuth for a small forest village. It analyzes the workbook in which Nietzsche wrote out his first thoughts ... More


Introduction: Obeying Nature

Howard G. Wilshire, Richard W. Hazlett, and Jane E. Nielson

in The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195142051
eISBN:
9780197561782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195142051.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

This book focuses on the human-caused environmental woes of America’s 11 contiguous western states, its mostly arid western continental frontier. In the nineteenth century, penny pamphlets and dime ... More


Nuclear Conditioning

Jennifer Fay

in Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190696771
eISBN:
9780190696818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696771.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Environmental Politics

Nevada’s Atomic Testing Site hosted nuclear atmospheric tests from the late 1940s to the early 1960s and doubled as both an outdoor laboratory and a film studio. Here, worlds meant to resemble small ... More


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