‘Never a credible weapon’: nuclear cultures in British government during the era of the H-bomb

  title={‘Never a credible weapon’: nuclear cultures in British government during the era of the H-bomb},
  author={Richard Maguire},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={519 - 533}
  • Richard Maguire
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract This article explores British ‘nuclear culture’ by examining how individuals and groups within British government tried to comprehend nuclear weapons after the advent of the hydrogen bomb in 1952. It argues that thinking about nuclear weaponry was not uniform, and there was no monolithic ‘nuclear culture’ in government. Instead, political and social habits interacted with Cold War experience to create views of the nuclear weapon – nuclear cultures – that varied across government to… Expand
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