'Never a credible weapon': Nuclear cultures in British government during the era of the H-bomb

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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 create a diverse, and shifting, set of ideas-nuclear cultures-about what the nuclear weapon meant in British hands, and the role it played in providing military power and political influence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-533
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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