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In the shadow of the bomb's Apocalypse : American culture in the nuclear era, 1957-1963

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In the shadow of the bomb's Apocalypse : American culture in the nuclear era, 1957-1963

Henry, Eugene M (2007) In the shadow of the bomb's Apocalypse : American culture in the nuclear era, 1957-1963. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The period beginning with the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik in October 1957 up to the adoption of the Limited Test Ban in the fall of 1963 was an era marked with intense fear and uncertainty. The American mainstream print media and prophetic writers from premillennial journals employed apocalyptic narrative structures when exploring nuclear issues. These distinct discourses developed through the utilization of traditional apocalyptic motifs to reconcile the existence and horrific potential of nuclear weapons. This thread is evident in both traditionally biblical forms, as well as a unique secular apocalyptic strain. This thesis argues that in a time of fear and uncertainty, when the specter of nuclear war cast its foreboding shadow on everyday life, Americans turned to a well-established apocalyptic discourse to explain and understand the exigencies of their time

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Henry, Eugene M
Pagination:iv, 111 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:History
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Smith, Justin
ID Code:975424
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2016 17:58
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:40
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