Architects of Armageddon: the Home Office Scientific Advisers' Branch and civil defence in Britain, 1945–68†

  title={Architects of Armageddon: the Home Office Scientific Advisers' Branch and civil defence in Britain, 1945–68†},
  author={Melissa A. Smith},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={149 - 180}
  • Melissa A. Smith
  • Published 8 October 2009
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract In 1948, in response to the perceived threat of atomic war, the British government embarked on a new civil defence programme. By the mid-1950s, secret government reports were already warning that this programme would be completely inadequate to deal with a nuclear attack. The government responded to these warnings by cutting civil defence spending, while issuing apparently absurd pamphlets advising the public on how they could protect themselves from nuclear attack. Historians have… Expand
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