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David Lethbridge

Sartre's interventions at the Vienna, Berlin, and Helsinki Congresses of the World Peace Council are examined in depth. Neglected and overlooked for over a half-century, it is argued that the themes Sartre elaborated in these speeches were consonant with the political and intellectual projects he had been developing since the mid-1930s. Although Sartre spoke as a Marxist who had allied himself with the Communist Party, his deepest concern was to build international unity in opposition to the escalating threat of nuclear war, and to restore political and economic sovereignty to a Western Europe crushed by dependency on America. Freedom for all the world's peoples, Sartre argued, depended on mutual interdependence between nations, built from the ground up by the popular masses.

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In Dreams, In Imagination

Suspense, Anxiety and the Cold War in Tim O'Brien's The Nuclear Age

Daniel Cordle

In Tim O’Brien’s The Nuclear Age the narrator, William Cowling, gazes out of his aeroplane window at a United States alight with nuclear explosions. In Don DeLillo’s End Zone nuclear war rapidly develops after a nuclear device explodes in Europe, and cities around the world are destroyed. In Douglas Coupland’s Generation X a supermarket erupts in panic as sirens wail, jets are scrambled and a nuclear missile explodes. The opening frames of the film Thirteen Days are lit by the explosions of rocket propellant as a missile rises gracefully into the blackness of space. The earth’s horizon is seen from the top of the missile’s arc, and inverts as it heads back downwards. A nuclear explosion follows, more missiles leaping into the air are intercut with further explosions, and the sequence ends with a mushroom cloud boiling up to fill the screen.

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Creative Intelligence and the Cold War

US Military Investments in the Concept of Creativity, 1945–1965

Bregje F. Van Eekelen

, creative thinking offered a form of counterknowledge: an understanding that comes about by not following the existing rules of thought. The most pressing matter that required creative thinking in the military was the prospect of a nuclear war. As the

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Wind of Change

Separating Heads and Bodies in Eastern Europe

Tanel Rander

Ukrainian people suffered a Kafkian metamorphosis, like Gregor Samsa. According to an urban legend, cockroaches would survive a nuclear war. This could also be an answer to my question about the atomic bomb that was once meant to be dropped on my hometown

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Experiencing, Using, and Teaching History

Two History Teachers’ Relations to History and Educational Media

Robert Thorp

pupils understand contemporary issues. Teacher 2 also noted that he wished to illustrate for his pupils how much safer our part of the world is today compared to the Cold War era, and to remind them that, compared to the fear of nuclear war that he

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Fall-Out and the German People

The Political Climate in Pausewang's Novel Die Wolke (1987) and Anike Hage's Manga Adaptation (2013)

Sean A. McPhail

threat of mass destruction by nuclear weapons’. There, Joachim Wernicke asserted nuclear war would mean the annihilation of Germany. 10 This threat of ‘being destroyed by an atomic bomb’ was so ubiquitous in the German psyche in the 1980s that Linke

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Ambivalent Anticipations

On Soldierly Becomings in the Desert of the Real

Thomas Randrup Pedersen

setting. Because, you see, it is possible [down here] … The chance that it will happen is very slim … We have trained for death and destruction and nuclear war, and then we come down here, and it's a completely different story … This tour has not in the

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Jean-Paul Sartre

The Russian Teatr Interviews of 1956 and 1962

Dennis A. Gilbert and Diana L. Burgin

about the imminent dangers of nuclear war featured Gérard Philipe, with sets by Alexander Calder, in an unusual, lyrical staging by Jean Vilar and the Théâtre National Populaire. Despite the best intentions of all concerned, however, the production was

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It Was Not Meant to Be This Way

An Unfortunate Case of Anglo-Saxon Parochialism?

Tom Frost

Soviet Union, the future looked very bright for the continent of Europe, and for the institution which became the European Union ( Yurchak 2006 ). Free markets and democracy had won. The threat of global nuclear war had abated, and countries around the

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Not Soft Power, But Speaking Softly

‘Everyday Diplomacy’ in Field Relations during the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Jeremy Morris

hostile. Without over-emphasizing the ‘jarring’ effect of the researcher in the field, the silences encountered, punctuated by matter-of-fact references to nuclear war, collective punishment, Europeanness as difference, etc., suggest a broader projection