The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II

The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II

by Gabrielle Hecht
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262582813

ISBN-13: 9780262582810

Pub. Date: 07/31/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

How it happened that technological prowess and national glory (or"radiance," which also means "radiation" in French) became synonymous in France as nowhere else.  See more details below

Overview

How it happened that technological prowess and national glory (or"radiance," which also means "radiation" in French) became synonymous in France as nowhere else.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582810
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/31/2009
Series:
Inside Technology
Edition description:
new edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1A Technological Nation21
State Engineering before World War II
State Institutions after World War II
What Is a Technocrat?
The Future of France
The Mentality of the Future
The Plan
2Technopolitical Regimes55
The Creation of the CEA
The Emergence of a Nationalist Technopolitical Regime
The G2 Reactor: Developing a Nationalist Technopolitical Regime
EDF: The Emergence of a Nationalized Regime
The EDF1 Reactor: Developing a Nationalized Technopolitical Regime
3Technopolitics in the Fifth Republic91
Technology and Gaullism
Technopolitics from the Fourth to the Fifth Republic: EDF2 and EDF3
Optimization and the Competitive Kilowatt-Hour
Controlling Fuel and Pricing Plutonium
Industrial Competitiveness, Exporting Reactors, and the Future of France
4Technological Unions131
The Politics of Unionism
Conceptualizing National Technological Progress
Recruiting Technical Elites
5Regimes of Work163
Marcoule
Chinon
6Technological Spectacles201
Salvation, Redemption, and Liberation
Reconciling Modernity and Tradition
Chateaux for the Twentieth Century
The Critics: "Two Steps Away Is the Abyss"
Counter-Spectacle: "When the Tale of Marcoule Is Told"
7Atomic Vintage241
Representations of Public Opinion
Peasants and Engineers: Bagnolais de Souche and Marcoulins
Interlude: Reflections on Local Memory
The Little Kuwait of the Indre-et-Loire
8Warring Systems271
Preliminaries to the War: Public Relations and Technological Mishaps
The War Starts in Earnest: The Horowitz-Cabanius Report
PEON: Defining the Context for Technological Development
Breeder Reactors: Flexibility and Consensus
Unions Strike Back
Boiteux Declares the End of the Gas-Graphite Program
The CEA Strikes
Economic Comparisons, Union-Style
Back to Bagnols
The Cleanup at Saint-Laurent: Healing the Technopolitical Wound
The Battle Fizzles Out
Conclusion325
Notes341
Bibliography413
Index447

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