British Nuclear Mobilisation Since 1945

Social and Cultural Histories
Routledge (Verlag)
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  • 140 Seiten
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This book explores aspects of the social and cultural history of nuclear Britain in the Cold War era (1945-1991) and contributes to a more multivalent exploration of the consequences of nuclear choices which are too often left unacknowledged by historians of post-war Britain.

In the years after 1945, the British government mobilised money, scientific knowledge, people and military-industrial capacity to create both an independent nuclear deterrent and the generation of electricity through nuclear reactors. This expensive and vast 'technopolitical' project, mostly top-secret and run by small sub-committees within government, was central to broader Cold War strategy and policy. Recent attempts to map the resulting social and cultural history of these military-industrial policy decisions suggest that nuclear mobilisation had far-reaching consequences for British life.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Contemporary British History.

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Jonathan Hogg is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is the author of British Nuclear Culture: Official and Unofficial Narratives in the Long Twentieth Century (Bloomsbury, 2016), and editor of the e-textbook Using Primary Sources (Liverpool University Press, 2017).

Kate Brown is Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Her numerous books include Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford, 2013), Dispatches from Dystopia: Histories of Places Not Yet Forgotten (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and most recently Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (Allen Lane, 2019).

Introduction: social and cultural histories of British nuclear mobilisation since 1945

Jonathan Hogg and Kate Brown

1. Mass observing the atom bomb: the emotional politics of August 1945

Claire Langhamer

2. '...what in the hell's this?' Rehearsing nuclear war in Britain's Civil Defence Corps

Jessica Douthwaite

3. 'Nuclear Prospects': the siting and construction of Sizewell A power station 1957-1966

Christine Wall

4. Weaponising peace: the Greater London Council, cultural policy, and 'GLC Peace Year 1983'

Hazel Atashroo

5. Resist and survive: Welsh protests and the British nuclear state in the 1980s

Christophe Laucht and Martin Johnes

6. Britain, West Africa and 'The new nuclear imperialism': decolonisation and development during French tests

Christopher Robert Hill

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