A useful Bibliography – Nuclear Culture/History: An Introduction

Just a quick, useful bibliography for readings in British nuclear history and culture. All are excellent for introductory readings into nuclear culture/history in general.

All are referenced as standard for the University of Liverpool History Department and they are all secondary sources – I used none for primary sources. Many of them contain further reading if you are interested in researching outside this list.



Arnold, L., Britain and the H-bomb. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001.

Aubrey, C. (ed.), Nukespeak: the media and the bomb. London: Comedia Publishing Group, 1982.

Baylis, J., and K. Stoddart, The British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Beliefs, Culture, and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Bingham. A., ‘The Monster? The British Popular Press and Nuclear Culture, 1945-early 1960s’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45.4 (December 2012), pp. 609-624.

Boyer, P., By the Bombs Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

Boyer, P., Fallout: A historian reflects on America’s half-century encounter with nuclear weapons. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998.

Brown, K., Plutopia: nuclear families, atomic cities, and the great Soviet and American plutonium disasters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Caute, D., The Dancer Defects: the struggle for cultural supremacy during the Cold War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Chalmers, M., and W. Walker, Uncharted Waters: The UK, nuclear weapon and the Scottish Question. East Lothian: Tuckwell Press, 2001.

Chilton, P. (ed.), Language and the nuclear arms debate: Nukespeak today. London: Pinter, 1985.

Cordle, D., ‘Protect/Protest: British nuclear fiction of the 1980s’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45.4 (December 2012), pp.653-669.

Cordle, D., ‘‘That’s going to happen to us. It is’: Threads and the imagination of Nuclear Disaster on 1980s Television’, journal of British Cinema and Television, 10.1 (January 2013), pp. 71-92.

Eley, G., A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.

Engel, J. A., Local Consequences of the Global Cold War. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Fairhall, D., Common Ground: the story of Greenham. London; New York: I. B. Tauris; New York: Distributed in the US by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Farish, M., The Contours of America’s Cold War. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Gavin, F. J., Nuclear Statecraft: history and strategy in America’s atomic age. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Gold, J. R., and G. Revel, Landscapes of Defence. Harlow: Prentice Hall, 2000.

Gowing, M., Independence and Deterrence: Britain and Atomic Energy. 1945-1952. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1974.

Grant, M., After the bomb: Civil Defence and nuclear war in Britain, 1945-1968. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Grant, M. (ed.), The British Way into Cold Warfare: Intelligence, Diplomacy and the bomb, 1945-1975. London: Continuum, 2009.

Greenwood, S., Britain and the Cold War 1945-1991. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000.

Harford, B. and S. Hopkins, Greenham Common: Women at the wire. London: Women’s Press, 1984.

Hecht, G., The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity After World War Two. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 1998.

Hewison, R., In Anger: Culture in the Cold War. London: Weindenfeld & Nicolson, 1981.

Hilgartner, S., R. C. Bell, and R. O’Conner, Nukespeak: Nuclear language, visions and mindset. San Francisco CA: Sierra Club Books, 1982.

Hogg, J., British Nuclear Culture: Official and Unofficial Narratives in the twentieth century. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Hogg, J., ‘The family that feared tomorrow: British Nuclear Culture and Individual Experience in the late 1950s’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45.4 (December 2012), pp. 535-549.

Hogg, J., and C. Laucht, ‘Introduction: British nuclear culture’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45.04 (December 2012), pp. 479-493.

Holdstock, D., The British nuclear weapons programme, 1952-2002. London: Frank Cass, 2003.

Hughes, J., ‘Deconstructing the bomb: recent perspectives on nuclear history’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 37.4 (December 2004), pp. 455-464.

Hughes, J., ‘What is British Nuclear Culture?: Understanding Uranium 235’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45.04 (December 2012), pp. 495-518.

Laucht, C., Elemental Germans: Klaus Fuchs, Rudolf Peirels and the Making of British Nuclear Culture 1939-1959. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Levine, H. B. (ed.), Psychoanalysis and the Nuclear Threat: Clinical and Theoretical Studies. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2013.

Maguire, R., ‘Never a credible weapon: nuclear cultures in British government during the era of the H-bomb’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45.4 (December, 2012), pp. 519-533.

Marsh, C., and C. Fraser (eds.), Public Opinion and Nuclear Weapons. London: Basingstoke, 1989.

Masco, J., The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.

McCamley, N., Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers: The passive defence of the Western World during the Cold War. Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Military, 2013.

McEnaney, L., Civil Defense begins at home: Militarization meets everyday life in the fifties. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Minnion J., and  P. Bolsover, The CND Story: the first 25 years of CND in the words of the people involved. London: Allison & Busby, 1983.

Newhouse, J., The Nuclear Age: History of the Arms Race from Hiroshima to Star Wars. London: Michael Joseph Ltd, 1989.

Ritchie, N., ‘Relinquishing nuclear weapons: identities, networks and the British bomb’, International Affairs, 86.2 (March 2010), pp. 465-487.

Rosenthal, P., ‘The Nuclear Mushroom Cloud as Cultural Image’, American Literary History, 3.1 (Spring 1991), pp. 63-92.

Schlosser, E., Command and Control. London: Allen Lane, 2013.

Shapiro, J. F., Atomic Bomb Cinema: the apocalyptic imagination on film. New York; London: Routledge, 2002.

Stoddart, K., Losing an Empire and finding a role: Britain, USA, NATO and nuclear weapons, 1964-1970. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Stoner-Saunders, F., Who Paid the Piper?: The CIA and the cultural Cold War. London: Granta, 2000.

Welsh, I., ‘The NIMBY Syndrome: Its Significance in the History of the Nuclear Debate in Britain’, The British Journal of Science, 26.1 (March 1993), pp. 15-32.

Weart, S., Nuclear Fear: A History of Images. Cambridge, Mass; London: Harvard University Press, 1988.

Willis, K., ‘The Origins of British Nuclear Culture’, Journal of British Studies, 34.1 (January 1995), pp. 59-89.

Winkler, A. M., Life Under A Cloud: American Anxiety About the Atom. Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Wynne, B., Rationality and Ritual: the Windscale Inquiry and nuclear decisions in Britain. Chalfont St. Giles (Bucks.): British Society for the History of Science, 1982.

Wynne, B., et al., Public Perceptions and the Nuclear Industry in West Cumbria. Lancaster: Lancaster University: 2007.

Zeman, S. C., and M. A. Amundson, Atomic Culture: How we learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. Boulder: University of Colorado, 2004


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