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Reilly, Frances V.(Frances Vija),1984-
The consumption of science and technology :Canadian Atomic Culture during the Cold War.
M.A. -- University of Alberta, 2008
Ottawa :Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada,[2009]
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Includes bibliographical references.
This is a study of Canadian Atomic Culture during the 1950s, indicating the global impact of the Cold War on civilians, the presence of science and technology in Canadian postwar society, and the role of Cold War ambiguities on the civilian mindset. The thesis is broken into three chapters which examine the coexisting positive and negative views of science in society during the 1950s, the mixed messages regarding protection against a nuclear attack, and the process of a civil defence exercise (Calgary's 1955 Operation "Lifesaver"). By moving from the macro global and political perspective to the micro domestic and personal perspective, this study demonstrates the awareness among civilians regarding nuclear war. Canada is used as a Cold War nation in this study not because of its military component but on the basis of its geographical location between the two superpowers and how this affected the civilian perspectives and expectations for nuclear war. Canadian Atomic Culture, through the civilian's mixed understanding of science and technology in society, defined the Cold War experience.