By Lawrence S. Wittner
Confronting the Bomb tells the dramatic, inspiring tale of ways citizen activism helped cut down the nuclear hands race and stop nuclear conflict. This abbreviated model of Lawrence Wittner's award-winning trilogy, The fight opposed to the Bomb, exhibits how a global, grassroots campaign—the biggest social flow of recent times—challenged the nuclear priorities of the good powers and, eventually, thwarted their nuclear objectives. in accordance with significant examine within the documents of peace and disarmament firms and in previously most sensible mystery executive files, huge interviews with antinuclear activists and govt officers, and memoirs and different released fabrics, Confronting the Bomb opens a special window on the most very important problems with the trendy period: survival within the nuclear age. It covers the whole interval of vital competition to the bomb, from the ultimate levels of the second one global warfare as much as the current. alongside the best way, it presents attention-grabbing glimpses of the interplay of key nuclear disarmament activists and policymakers, together with Albert Einstein, Harry Truman, Albert Schweitzer, Norman Cousins, Nikita Khrushchev, Bertrand Russell, Andrei Sakharov, Linus Pauling, Dwight Eisenhower, Harold Macmillan, John F. Kennedy, Randy Forsberg, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helen Caldicott, E.P. Thompson, and Ronald Reagan. total, besides the fact that, it's a tale of renowned mobilization and its effectiveness.
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Extra info for Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age Series)
Admittedly, pacifists, atomic scientists, and world government advocates, sometimes joined by religious leaders, played the leading role in voicing such ideas, but poll after poll showed that such concepts were taking root in the broader society. Confronted by the unprecedented danger of nuclear war, people showed a remarkable willingness to accept new thinking about international relations. 28 3 Government Response, 1945–1953 Well aware of the rising public concern about nuclear weapons, government officials sought some means of accommodation with the movement against the Bomb.
And yet, despite this lurch forward in the nuclear arms race, the Truman administration remained uneasy about using nuclear weapons. During the Korean War, for example, there seemed good military reasons to use them. S. forces were close to military defeat at the hands of non-nuclear powers. Furthermore, there was no prospect of a nuclear counterattack by the Soviet Union—a nation that was not participating in the conflict, had only recently developed an atomic bomb, and lacked an effective delivery system for it.
Shortly afterward, Robert Oppenheimer accompanied Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson to the White House and remarked that some atomic scientists felt they had blood on their hands. ” Oppenheimer, he claimed, had “turned into a crybaby. S. officials toward a new approach. S. policy. ” In November 1945, when the leaders of the United States, Britain, and Canada met to consider nuclear issues, they adopted a joint statement—the Truman-Attlee-King Declaration—that brought the new thinking into focus.
Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) by Lawrence S. Wittner
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