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The Resource The imaginary war : civil defense and American cold war culture, Guy Oakes

The imaginary war : civil defense and American cold war culture, Guy Oakes

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The imaginary war : civil defense and American cold war culture
Title
The imaginary war
Title remainder
civil defense and American cold war culture
Statement of responsibility
Guy Oakes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Duck and cover" are unforgettable words for a generation of Americans who listened throughout the Cold War to the unescapable propaganda of civil defense. Yet it would have been impossible to protect Americans from a real nuclear attack and, as Guy Oakes shows in The Imaginary War, national security officials knew it. Oakes contends that the real purpose of 1950s civil defense programs was not to protect Americans from the bomb, but to ingrain in them the moral resolve needed to face the hazards of the Cold War. Uncovering the links between national security, civil defense, and civic ethics, Oakes reveals three sides to the civil defense program: a system of emotional management designed to control fear; the fictional construction of a manageable world of nuclear attack; and the production of a Cold War ethic rooted in the mythology of the home, the ultimate sanctuary of American values
  • This fascinating analysis of the culture of civil defense is a strong indictment of the official mythmaking of the Cold War. It will be essential reading for all those interested in American history, politics, and cultural studies
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Oakes, Guy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civil defense
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
  • Cold War
  • United States
Label
The imaginary war : civil defense and American cold war culture, Guy Oakes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. National Security and National Morale. The Berlin Crisis: The Soviet Threat and Nuclear Strategy. The Soviet Atomic Bomb: Nuclear Strategy and National Will. National Security and the Problem of National Will. Civil Defense and National Will -- 2. Managing Nuclear Terror. National Will and Nuclear Terror. The Problem of Panic. The Cold War System of Emotion Management. The Social Psychology of Emotion Management: American Society in World War III -- 3. The Cold War Conception of Nuclear Reality. The Construction of Nuclear Reality. Crisis Mastery. Operation Alert. Operation Alert: The Movie -- 4. The Nuclear Family. The American Family Under Nuclear Attack. Civil Defense and the Regimentation of Family Life. Radioactive Fallout and Nuclear Housekeeping. The Cold War Ethic -- 5. The Antinomies of Cold War Culture. The Dilemma of Emotion Management. The Paradoxes of Nuclear Crisis Management -- Epilogue: Liberal Propaganda and the Exigencies of National Security
Control code
29548079
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
194 pages
Isbn
9780195090277
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1625974
Label
The imaginary war : civil defense and American cold war culture, Guy Oakes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. National Security and National Morale. The Berlin Crisis: The Soviet Threat and Nuclear Strategy. The Soviet Atomic Bomb: Nuclear Strategy and National Will. National Security and the Problem of National Will. Civil Defense and National Will -- 2. Managing Nuclear Terror. National Will and Nuclear Terror. The Problem of Panic. The Cold War System of Emotion Management. The Social Psychology of Emotion Management: American Society in World War III -- 3. The Cold War Conception of Nuclear Reality. The Construction of Nuclear Reality. Crisis Mastery. Operation Alert. Operation Alert: The Movie -- 4. The Nuclear Family. The American Family Under Nuclear Attack. Civil Defense and the Regimentation of Family Life. Radioactive Fallout and Nuclear Housekeeping. The Cold War Ethic -- 5. The Antinomies of Cold War Culture. The Dilemma of Emotion Management. The Paradoxes of Nuclear Crisis Management -- Epilogue: Liberal Propaganda and the Exigencies of National Security
Control code
29548079
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
194 pages
Isbn
9780195090277
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1625974

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