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Title The nuclear age in popular media : a transnational history, 1945-1965 / edited by Dick van Lente
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (x, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in the history of science and technology
Palgrave studies in the history of science and technology.
Contents Introduction: A transnational history of popular images and narratives of nuclear technologies in the first two post-war decades / Dick van Lente -- Shaping the Soviet experience of the atomic age: nuclear topics in Ogonyok, 1945-1965 / Sonja D. Schmid -- "To see ... things dangerous to come to": Life magazine and the atomic age in the United States, 1945-1965 / Scott C. Zeman -- Learning from war: media coverage of the nuclear age in the two Germanies / Dolores L. Augustine -- "Dawn or dusk": Britain's Picture post confronts nuclear energy / Christoph Laucht -- Nuclear power, world politics, and a small nation: narratives and counter-narratives in the Netherlands / Dick van Lente -- Nuclear power plants in "the only A-bombed country": images of nuclear power and nation's changing self-portrait in postwar Japan / Hirofumi Utsumi -- Promises of Indian modernity: representations of nuclear technology in the Illustrated weekly of India / Hans-Joachim Bieber -- Conclusion: One world, two worlds, many worlds? / Dolores Augustine and Dick van Lente -- Graphs and picture essay
Summary Among the many technical innovations that were introduced after World War II, none left as strong an impression on the public as the atom bombs that destroyed two Japanese cities in August 1945. People spoke of the "atomic age" that had now begun, as if this technological innovation would, all by itself, shape a new world. The atomic age was described as one that might soon end in the destruction of human civilization, but from the beginning, utopian images were attached to it as well. Nuclear technology offered the promise of applications in medicine, agriculture, and engineering, and nuclear power could theoretically provide an unlimited supply of energy. This book demonstrates and explains how the popular media represented nuclear power, in its military and non-military forms. It focuses on the first two decades of the "atomic age," when national governments, military strategists, scientists, and the public attempted to come to terms with a technology that so drastically seemed to change the prospects for the future. Popular magazines, comics, newspapers, public exhibitions from across the world are examined to compare representations of nuclear power in different countries and to trace divergences, convergences, and exchanges
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Nuclear energy -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear energy -- Press coverage.
Nuclear energy -- Public opinion.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Lente, Dick van, editor
ISBN 1137086181 (electronic bk.)
9781137086181 (electronic bk.)
(hbk. : alk. paper)
(hbk. : alk. paper)