In 1943, Winston Churchill had said, “as for any post-war problems there are none that cannot be amicably settled between me and my friend President Roosevelt.” Whether that was arrogance or naivety, history would prove him sadly mistaken. After Russia tested their first atomic bomb in 1949, the arms race was on between the two Super Powers and a wave of atomic tests that both astonishes and terrifies the modern viewer began:
We will discuss nuclear testing, arms limitation negotiations, nuclear proliferation, and modern advances in uranium enrichment.
- Read and explore Mark Stoll’s Virtual Exhibition on Silent Spring, presented by the Environment and Society Portal.
- I have also uploaded a handful of the early book reviews on Silent Spring to our class folder. We will discuss these reviews in class on Monday to try to get a sense of the debate that erupted around its publication in 1962. Reading them ahead of class would be helpful but is not mandatory.