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Epilogue Mosaic

Mary Palevsky

in Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520220553
eISBN:
9780520923652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520220553.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

The first section of this chapter aims to understand what happens to people with kind hearts and humanist feelings when they work on weapons of mass destruction, trying to examine the problem of ... More


To Kill a Nation

Edward Kaplan

in To Kill Nations: American Strategy in the Air-Atomic Age and the Rise of Mutually Assured Destruction

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452482
eISBN:
9780801455506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452482.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the interaction of national policy under the Eisenhower administration with the new nuclear reality, in plans for nuclear war and through real world crises. During the 1950s, ... More


The Shock of the “New World”

Ken Young and Warner R. Schilling

in Super Bomb: Organizational Conflict and the Development of the Hydrogen Bomb

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501745164
eISBN:
9781501745171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501745164.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter is an account of the impact on U.S. thinking and policy of the first Soviet atomic bomb test. It ended the U.S. monopoly of atomic weapons—a development that some had foreseen and others ... More


Robert R. Wilson, the Psyche of A Physicist

Mary Palevsky

in Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520220553
eISBN:
9780520923652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520220553.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

In October 1996, the author traveled to Ithaca to conduct several interviews at Cornell University. There, Kutt Gottfried, a colleague of his father, introduced her to Robert Wilson, the Manhattan ... More


Regression: The Postwar Devolution of U.S. Nuclear Intelligence

Vince Houghton

in The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501739590
eISBN:
9781501739606
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739590.003.0006
Subject:
History, Political History

The fifth chapter details the dismantling of the American atomic intelligence program following the conclusion of the Second World War. Although it was clear to most that the Soviet Union was intent ... More


Hans A. Bethe, Tough Dove

Mary Palevsky

in Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520220553
eISBN:
9780520923652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520220553.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

Hans Bethe stood as the author's portal on the quest to understand the people and times that had created the first weapon capable of breaking the world. Born in Germany in 1906, Bethe experienced ... More


Whistling in the Dark: The U.S. (Mis)Perception of the Soviet Nuclear Program

Vince Houghton

in The Nuclear Spies: America's Atomic Intelligence Operation against Hitler and Stalin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501739590
eISBN:
9781501739606
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739590.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

The sixth chapter discusses the reasons the United States Government did not consider the Soviet atomic bomb program an immediate national security threat. In contrast to their beliefs about German ... More


The Politics of “at Home” Abroad

Tracy B. Strong

in Learning One's Native Tongue: Citizenship, Contestation, and Conflict in America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226623191
eISBN:
9780226623368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226623368.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The aftermath of World War I sees the granting of suffrage to women (by the narrowest of margins). The Great Depression makes these deficiencies dramatically clear. The New Deal is an attempt by non- ... More


Maoist China and the Advent of the Nuclear Age, 1949–64

Nicola Horsburgh

in China and Global Nuclear Order: From Estrangement to Active Engagement

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198706113
eISBN:
9780191775277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706113.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Chapter 1 explores China’s engagement in the process of creating nuclear order before it detonated its own nuclear bomb in 1964. Most analysis of this period tends to point to Maoist China as a ... More


Physics in Oxford, 1839-1939: Laboratories, Learning and College Life

Robert Fox and Graeme Gooday (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567929
eISBN:
9780191718328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567929.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book offers a new interpretation of pre-war physics at the University of Oxford, which was far more dynamic than most historians and physicists have been prepared to believe. It explains, on the ... More


The Living, The Dead and the Damned

Nick Riddle

in The Damned

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325529
eISBN:
9781800342330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325529.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores how Joseph Losey's The Damned (1963) deals with the subject of the nuclear war. In the popular imagination, atomic weapons were simply too big to deal with. In The Damned, ... More


Of the Laws of Nations

Jonathan Harrison

in Hume's Theory of Justice

Published in print:
1980
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198246190
eISBN:
9780191680946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246190.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses the following: (1) Atomic weapons may mean that Hume is no longer right in thinking that rules of justice are less necessary for nations than for individuals. A Humean account ... More


The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars

John Tirman

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780195381214
eISBN:
9780190252373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195381214.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Americans are greatly concerned about the number of our troops killed in battle—100,000 dead in World War I; 300,000 in World War II; 33,000 in the Korean War; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq; over ... More


Epilogue: A Life in Science

Matthew Shindell

in The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226662084
eISBN:
9780226662114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226662114.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter assesses the legacy of Harold C. Urey's life and career, utilizing the scientist's own letters written to colleagues toward the end of his life.


International Dehumanization

Steven W. Bender

in Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479899623
eISBN:
9781479876730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Law of Obligations

Chapter 11 briefly examines the history of our dehumanization of populations abroad, most notably in World War II, when on one front we were fighting Nazi Germany, which oppressed and murdered Jews ... More


Paths of Violence: 1939– 1945

Marybeth Lorbiecki

in A Fierce Green Fire: The Life and Legacy of Aldo Leopold

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199965038
eISBN:
9780197563311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199965038.003.0017
Subject:
Environmental Science, Conservation of the Environment

In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. During the dark months of 1939, 1940, and 1941, Europe exploded with tanks, bombs, and guns. The violent side of ... More


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