HIST 387
Living with the Bomb: American Culture in the Nuclear Age Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 387 / SOC 386
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Following the first use of nuclear weapons against Japan at the end of World War II, atomic science has fueled Americans’ fears, hopes, nightmares, and fantasies. This course will examine various aspects of American nuclear culture in the early-Cold War period. It will consider topics ranging from the Manhattan Project to delivery of the bombs for combat, scientists’ movements to abolish atomic weapons and expand peaceful atomic energy production, and the destructive consequences of the bomb’s initial use and subsequent testing. The class will also investigate the role of the nuclear arms race in the Cold War, the development of civil defense and bomb shelter culture in the United States, and dystopian fiction about the nuclear apocalypse. Employing both historical and sociological perspectives, we will explore the interactions between science, diplomacy, politics, and culture in the nuclear age.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 35
Expected: 35
Class#: 3921
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on a midterm, a final exam, and a 10- to 12-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 387 Division II SOC 386 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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