Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Committee Member

David S. Tanenhaus

Number of Pages

284

Abstract

An unprecedented combination of imagination and capital resulted in the most profound, and profane, achievement in modern history--the atom bomb--but the strategies that empowered its development caused inestimable suffering in peacetime America. Discrete practices of secrecy, media manipulation, and the devaluation of scientific opinion evolved and coalesced during the cold war, permeating institutions and pre-empting any protection of the unwary from exposure to radioactive fallout. While the atomic testing program and its consequences are often considered in light of national policy, this analysis alternatively reveals the character, fusion, and trajectory of practices that culminated in the collision of the government with the health and lives of the innocent.

Keywords

Atomic; Chain; Governance; Reaction; Tragedy

Controlled Subject

Public policy; Political science

File Format

pdf

File Size

9.84 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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