January 16, 2017

New Publication: Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear and the Cold War of the 1980s

This volume from the Publications of the German Historical Institute series with Cambridge University Press brings together cutting-edge scholarship from the United States and Europe to address political as well as cultural responses to both the arms race of the 1980s and the ascent of nuclear energy as a second, controversial dimension of the nuclear age. Diverse in its topics and disciplinary approaches, Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear and the Cold War of the 1980s makes a fundamental contribution to the emerging historiography of the 1980s as a whole. As of now, the era's nuclear tensions have been addressed by scholars mostly from the standpoint of security studies, focused on the geo-strategic deliberations of political elites and at the level of state policy. Yet nuclear anxieties, as the essays in this volume document, were so pervasive that they profoundly shaped the era's culture, its habits of mind, and its politics, far beyond the domain of policy.

Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear and the Cold War of the 1980s, edited by Eckart Conze, Martin Klimke, and Jeremy Varon, is available from Cambridge University Press.