Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
David S. Tanenhaus
Number of Pages
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.
Atomic; Chain; Governance; Reaction; Tragedy
Public policy; Political science
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Wammack, Mary Dawn, "Chain reaction: The tragedy of atomic governance" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1033.