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Planning for Survival in the Cold War

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Following the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 both sides in the cold war rapidly expanded their nuclear arsenals and it became certain that a major nuclear exchange would result in complete destruction of cities and the death of millions of civilians. Military measures and diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing nuclear conflict have been widely discussed but less well known are the plans to protect civilian populations from the consequences of attack. This talk centres on the UK government’s strategies for national survival, their strengths and weaknesses, and the role of the many agencies and people who would have implemented them in time of war.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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