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Author Grant, Matthew.

Title After the bomb [electronic resource] ; Civil defence and nuclear war in Britain, 1945-68 / Matthew Grant.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.


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Physical description 264 p. : 7 b&w, ill.
Notes Ebook.
Originally published in: 2009.
Contents Preface Abbreviations Introduction The Cold War and the New Civil Defence Preparing for a Third World War Protecting the Public The Hydrogen Bomb Revolution Years of Decision Separate Spheres of Civil Defence Equipoise, Crisis and Reform Gradual Decline and Sudden Fall Conclusion Notes and References Bibliography.
File type Document
Summary Civil defence was an integral part of Britain's modern history. Throughout the cold war it was a central response of the British Government to the threat of war. This book will be the first history of the preparations to fight a nuclear war taken in Britain between the end of the Second World War and 1968. After the Bomb is the first full-length archive-based study of successive British Government's plans to meet a nuclear attack on Britain. It examines the range of policies which were adopted to meet the shifting priorities of the state, and the strategic, political and economic contexts in which those policies and priorities were decided. It argues that civil defence must be seen a fundamental part of Britain's post-1945 history, and highlights the financial and administrative effort put into the policy, and its key role in allaying fears of nuclear attack, shaping ideas public about nuclear survival, and bolstering the credibility of the nuclear deterrent. It concludes that the role and nature of civil defence in cold war Britain can only be understood as a set of policies designed to meet a wide range of different priorities -- such as saving lives, protecting the economy, convincing people they could survive a nuclear attack and ensuring the survival of the British state -- which were themselves subject to a series of fast-changing developments in the international situation, domestic political context and fraught economic backdrop.
System notes Adobe Ebook Reader.
History notes MATTHEW GRANT is University Teaching Associate in Modern British History at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Subject Industrialisation & industrial history.
British & Irish history.
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000.
Civil defence.
ISBN 9780230274044 : 洮63
0230274048 : 洮63