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Nuclear Age

From Atomic To Nuclear: Denotations And Connotations

I’ve been rereading Richard Pells depressing* tome, The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age. This comes after finishing up George Nash’s big book on the conservative intellectual movement early last month. As such I’ve been immersed in the minds of all sorts of Cold War intellectuals. In reading Pells and Nash in succession I noticed something that I had taken for granted in prior readings on the Cold War period. Namely, that both authors (and other historians) use ‘atomic’ when describing the advent of the new age that ensued after August 1945. But then both shift, after some imprecise year, Read more