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It's episode 9 of American History Too! This time, Mark and I discuss the Second Red Scare, the Lavender Scare, and Joe McCarthy.

Is it even useful to think about this as the era of McCarthyism? Should it really be Hooverism? And why has the persecution of gays and lesbians during this time gone relatively unremarked until recently? We (attempt to) answer all these questions and more!
On episode nine of American History Too! we turn our attention to a period in American history that has become indelibly linked to one man: the Second Red Scare and Senator Joseph McCarthy. But is McCarthy the be all and end all of anti-communism? What inf...
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Putin, Polonium, and media scare quotes: how Metro's ridiculous front page conflates assassinations and nuclear war.
This post was inspired the coincidence of two things, one good, one depressingly bad. Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading Gabrielle Hecht's excellent article 'The Power of Nuclear Things' (the...
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+Matt Machell And how amazingly prescient you were! Anyone might think I'm a bit predictable...
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This time on The Atomic Age, absolutely no mention at all of nukes or nuclear history. After the recent sad death of the great actor Billie Whitelaw, I finally got round to jotting done some notes on a film in which she plays a small but significant role. That film also happens to be one of my favourite British movies of the post-war period: Hell Is A City.
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Sadly, not a post about dodgy 1980s hair-rock bands and their keyboard-driven brand of musical twattery. No, it's about the last class of my Nuclear Cold War course and our discussions about the end of the Cold War.
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+Tim Jensen A considerable amount of Soviet theorising about nuclear war was predicated on the experience of World War 2: that the USSR could absorb massive damage and still come out fighting. Their civil defence structures and attitudes were, by and large, based on being able to cope with a nuclear attack. As I commented, Chernobyl proved that the ability to cope with even a fraction of what would have occurred during wartime was just not there.

Soviet citizens were desperately ill-informed about nuclear war and nuclear weapons. The first Soviet film to feature nuclear war was not produced until 1986. Official secrecy surrounding nuclear testing (particularly at Semipalatinsk), led to local millenarian-apocalyptic Christian cults growing up in the surrounding areas. They interpreted thunderous noise and fires in the sky as heralds of the end of the imminent end of the world.
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Week 9 of the nuclear Cold War course. Only two more weeks of teaching to go!

This time round, we looked at one of my own particular research interests: the intersections between American and British nuclear non-proliferation policy, the Pakistani nuclear weapons programme, transnational religious communities, and the paradigm of the 'Islamic bomb'.

#coldwarhistory   #nuclearhistory   #pakistanhistory  
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+Neil Smith Agreed. the same goes for when I'm doing a class on the Cold War for our American history pre-honours course. I always end up talking far too much!
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Mind maps! Nixon! Arms control! Detente! It can only be week 8 of my Nuclear Cold War course, focusing on the 1970s.

Will Nixon and Brezhnev strike a deal? What about those pesky Europeans? And will all that meddling in Africa and the Middle East bring an end to detente's 'era of good feelings'?

I think we all know the answers there.

#coldwarhistory   #armscontrol   #nixon  
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Very interesting as usual Dr Craig.
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The connections between McCarthyism and the anti-vaccination movement. It's probably not quite what you think.
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Some conclusions after a semester of teaching about nuclear issues during the Cold War. TL:DR = some good things (role-play, enthusiasm, engagement), some bad things (layout of course, reading, expectations).
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Castle Bravo! The Strath report! Duck and cover! Heisenberg (no, not the guy from Breaking Bad)! Yes, it's the latest American History Too! podcast. This time, we talk about why and when nuclear fallout became a thing.
On the sixth episode of American History Too! we leave the tawdry goings-on of the Gilded Age far behind and for this cheery Christmas special we examine the subject of Nuclear Fallout in the context of the early Cold War (1945-1960).  Malcolm, who spec...
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Excellent! I shall have a catch-up session later today.
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Tweed! Carnegie! Hayes! Nast! Connery! What? Sean Connery? What's he doing in a podcast on Gilded Age America?

You'll just need to listen and find out.
On the fifth episode of American History Too! we dive into a time period that, economic history aside, often gets lost in historical discussion – The Gilded Age.  We parse out the main issues of the era such as the end of Reconstruction and the establis...
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Some thoughts on Cold War cinema. And I wonder what +Scott Dorward thinks about me managing to get a mention of Zulawski's Possession into a discussion of classic Cold War films?
This list of 'Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching' by James Lindsay at the Council on Foreign Relations infuriated me (OK, maybe not infuriated. 'Mildly irritated', perhaps). Not because the films ar...
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As much as I love Possession (and that's a fair amount) it wouldn't have occurred to me to frame it in those terms. Now you've done so, I can't help but agree!

This is an inspiring list. There are a couple of films there I've missed, and I'll have to do something about that.
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On this 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I thought I'd put together a short list of some of the best in Cold War scholarship. Of course, much of this list reflects my own particular research interests, but I do feel that the one unifying factor is the quality and readability of all these works.

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