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Atom Bomb in Popular Culture: Track 1

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German surrender brought the Second World War in Europe to an end. But all feared that war with Japan would drag on and on. Behind the scenes, the US had been working on a secret weapon – the most powerful ever devised – and by August 1945… it was no longer such a secret. These films explore A-Bomb in Pop Culture or: How The West Has Changed its Portrayal of the Atomic Bomb Through Time, from the dropping of the very first atomic bomb, through to the Cold War and right up to the present day. The films conclude by asking whether or not these types of weapon should have existed in the first place, and questioning what the future holds for the A-Bomb. The films relate to the Open University Course A327 Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Updated Friday 1st November 2013
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under History
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Track 1: A Bomb Is Born

German surrender brought the Second World War in Europe to an end.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 A Bomb Is Born    German surrender brought the Second World War in Europe to an end. Play now A Bomb Is Born
2 Mad About A Bomb    By the end of the 1950s, public opinion about the bomb had started to shift. Play now Mad About A Bomb
3 A Bomb Under Reagan    By the 1970s the Cold War tensions were beginning to thaw, as people grew less worried about nuclear catastrophe than about the Vietnam War. Play now A Bomb Under Reagan
4 A Bomb On The Loose    By the 1980s the Soviet Union had spent decades pouring money into weapons and foreign wars. Play now A Bomb On The Loose