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Nuclear Freeze in a Cold War

The Reagan Administration, Cultural Activism, and the End of the Arms Race

William M. Knoblauch (author)

ISBN: 9781625342751

Publication Date: May 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

By 1982 the Nuclear Freeze campaign had become the largest peace movement in American history. Recently declassified White House memoranda reveal a concerted campaign by the Reagan administration to defeat activists' efforts. In this book, William M. Knoblauch examines these new sources to demonstrate how cultural activism ultimately influenced the administration's stance on the arms race.
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The early 1980s were a tense time. The nuclear arms race was escalating, Reagan administration officials bragged about winning a nuclear war, and superpower diplomatic relations were at a new low. Nuclear war was a real possibility and antinuclear activism surged. By 1982 the Nuclear Freeze campaign had become the largest peace movement in American history. In support, celebrities, authors, publishers, and filmmakers saturated popular culture with critiques of Reagan's arms buildup, which threatened to turn public opinion against the president. Alarmed, the Reagan administration worked to co- opt the rhetoric of the nuclear freeze and contain antinuclear activism. Recently declassified White House memoranda reveal a concerted campaign to defeat activists' efforts. In this book, William M. Knoblauch examines these new sources, as well as the influence of notable personalities like Carl Sagan and popular culture such as the film The Day After, to demonstrate how cultural activism ultimately influenced the administration's shift in rhetoric and, in time, its stance on the arms race.

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"This is a well- written book and the author has mined some very good primary sources. it's way past time for someone to engage the significance of Reagan- era antinuclear cultural activism." – Edward Linenthal, author of Symbolic Defense: The Cultural Significance of the Strategic Defense Initiative and The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
Pages 168
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2017
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Series Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond
Subject/s The Cold War   Arms negotiation & control  
William M. Knoblauch is assistant professor of history at Finlandia University.

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