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Atoms for Peace (and War): a history of the Italian nuclear programme during the Cold War

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Italy was one of the first countries to abandon its civilian nuclear program. In 1987, one year after the Chernobyl disaster, it decided to shut down all of its four nuclear power plants. How can we explain the peculiarity of Italy’s experience? This lecture will examine the history of Italy’s civilian nuclear program by looking at the social, cultural, diplomatic and economic meanings different actors assigned to atomic energy, at a time when it symbolized both the promise of unlimited growth and the threat of global annihilation.

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