Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History

Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History

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Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History by Andrew G. Kirk, Kristian Purcell

The history of atomic testing is usually told as a story about big technology, big science, and complex global politics. Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing explains critical technological developments and the policies that drove weapons innovation within the context of the specific environments and communities where testing actually took place. The book emphasizes the people who participated, protested, or were affected by atomic testing and explains the decision-making process that resulted in these people and places becoming the only locations and groups to actually experience nuclear warfare during the Cold War. The graphic history presents various viewpoints directly linked to primary sources that reveal the complexity and uncertainty of this history to readers, while also providing evidence and access to archives to help them explore this controversial topic further and to reach their own informed conclusions about this history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199375905
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Andrew G. Kirk is Professor of Environmental and Western History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a coauthor of American Horizons (OUP, 2010), author of Counterculture Green (2007) and Collecting Nature (2001), and a Principal Investigator on the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project.

Kristian Purcell is an artist and illustrator based in Bedford, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE GRAPHIC HISTORY

Chapter 1: Trinity
Chapter 2: Crossroads
Chapter 3: Nutmeg
Chapter 4: Ranger
Chapter 5: Doom Town
Chapter 6: Fallout
Chapter 7: Boltzman
Chapter 8: Smokey
Chapter 9: Secrecy and History

PART II: PRIMARY SOURCES

Trinity
Crossroads
Nutmeg
Ranger
Doom Towns
Fallout
Boltzman
Smokey
Secrecy and History

PART III: HISTORICAL CONTEXT

The World at Trinity
What is a Cold War?
Dividing the Globe
Tipping Points and Atomic Escalation
Eisenhower's New Look
Atomic West
Picturing Wastelands

PART IV: THE QUESTIONS

Contingency
Oral History
DOE OpenNet
Primary Documents
Images as Evidence
Making Graphic History

Bibliography
Timeline
Glossary

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