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Rachel Sykes, Jennifer Daly, and Anna Maguire Elliot

, Robinson became an influential figure at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and secured a reputation for nonfiction through publication of two diverse and controversial volumes that she often refers to as her most important works: Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution (1989) and The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998). Since Gilead , the rate at which Robinson has published fiction has been astonishing, with a fourth Gilead novel released in 2020, as Rachel Sykes discusses in the Epilogue to this collection

in Marilynne Robinson
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Thomas Hennessey

, that the greatest danger in the ignition of World War III lay with the American intention to use atomic munitions in Korea. This was the catalyst for Eden’s subsequent determination to drive home a settlement in Geneva ending, for now, the conflict in Indo-China: the same dread of what the United States was capable of doing during renewed hostilities in Korea. In this sense Eden’s spectacular success at Geneva was the result of his Korean concerns. This was based upon the simple, and shocking, deduction of Eisenhower and Dulles that nuclear weapons were merely a more

in Britain’s Korean War
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Ken Young

would be implicated in any future nuclear exchange. The corollary of the American readiness to go nuclear at the outset from English air bases was that these in turn would be an immediate target for Soviet air attack. England could be defended – but only for a while. A short-range emergency war plan formulated in 1948 envisaged five bomber groups and one fighter group operating from the UK during the initial phase of a conflict. After 12 days, none would still be there.1 The war plan envisaged that the UK would have to be held for that period as a staging and

in The American bomb in Britain
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Military operations
Michael Clarke

that they do not look for any. One other ongoing military operation is completely anomalous to all this. Operation Relentless is the latest iteration of a mission that began in 1968; to maintain nuclear deterrent submarines on patrol constantly and without any breaks to ensure that one boat is always available and ready to fire its nuclear missiles if necessary. The crews of what the Royal Navy refers to as the ‘bombers’ maintain that they are always at war, cruising beneath the

in The challenge of defending Britain
Ken Young

11 Strike hard, strike sure … and strike together? [Coordination of nuclear strike plans] the most important development in recent years in planning for the UK strategic bomber force … further evidence that the United States regards this country, both military and economically, as a good investment. Air Vice-Marshal John Stephenson, December 1956 Anglo-American atomic collaboration developed on an increasingly broad front from the mid-1950s. This was no longer just a basing agreement, but rather a growing partnership. It developed from providing a platform for

in The American bomb in Britain
Keith Mc Loughlin

In the early 1970s the peace movement in Britain was a shadow of its former self. As far as the public was concerned, the threat of nuclear war was far less acute than it had been in the most fraught period of the Cold War in the early 1960s, as the détente between the Cold War powers led to treaties that reduced the build-up of strategic nuclear weapons. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which was the most prominent of these anti-war groups, endured a significant decline in membership. It was not uncommon for CND activists to encounter

in The British left and the defence economy
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John F. Kennedy’s China policy, 1961–63
Michael Lumbers

innovations of the Johnson years. This chapter begins with a very broad overview of America’s halting engagement in China prior to the 1960s; a long-term perspective provides S TAY I N G F I R M , 1 9 6 1 – 6 3 — 13 context to the breakdown in Sino-American contacts following the communists’ victory in 1949 and insight into the prevailing Cold War mindset of US decision-makers. Attention then turns to China policymaking during the Kennedy years. The administration’s handling of Chinese representation in the United Nations (UN), food relief, and Beijing’s nuclear weapons

in Piercing the bamboo curtain
The Secret History of Las Vegas
Annalisa Oboe and Elisa Bordin

-produced violence in the form of environmental and human-rights violations, and the consequences of such violence on the protagonists’ physical, psychological, and emotional lives. Eventually, Fire and Water are revealed to be eco-terrorists, whose aim is to destroy the centre where Dr Singh works as a revenge against Nevada’s nuclear testing history. It would be a mistake, however, to consider The Secret History of Las Vegas merely as a noir in the traditional understanding of the genre. The novel in fact shares with most

in Chris Abani
Joseph Heller

When John F. Kennedy entered the White House, Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona was the subject of considerable discussion in Washington and Dean Rusk, new Secretary of State, told the State Department and US intelligence to monitor it. 1 France told the United States that it had pressed Israel into accepting the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) standard of

in The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab– Israeli conflict, 1948– 67
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Ken Young

Power Battle Target System’ focused on the Soviet long range air armies (‘their SAC in being’), their bases, their support networks, control and communications, weapons stockpile and production facilities. Destruction of these resources was at that time based on 1,539 desired ground zeroes, ‘of which 954 require immediate attack’, a figure expected to rise with improvements in Soviet air defences.7 80 The American bomb in Britain In the period prior to the Berlin crisis the non-nuclear B-29s practised a range of weapons and navigational exercises. In addition to

in The American bomb in Britain