By Dr John Schofield, Wayne Cocroft
From colossal nuclear try out websites to the extra refined fabric realities of lifestyle, the impact of the chilly battle on sleek tradition has been profound and international. Fearsome Legacies unites cutting edge paintings at the interpretation and administration of chilly conflict historical past from fields together with archaeology, historical past, artwork and structure, and cultural reports. participants comprehend fabric tradition in its broadest feel, analyzing gadgets in outer area, family area, landscapes, and creative areas. They take on interpretive demanding situations and controversies, together with in museum indicates, historical past websites, archaeological websites, and different ancient and public venues. With over a hundred and fifty colour images and illustrations, together with a photographic essay, readers can consider the profound visible effect of this fabric tradition.
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Extra resources for A Fearsome Heritage: Diverse Legacies of the Cold War (One World Archaeology)
There is a temptation to believe in the inevitability of the result, and to treat the ‘Cold War’ as a single conflict with beginning and end, whereas it can also be seen as being embedded seamlessly in preceding and succeeding conflicts. We may start to assume that there was a single, straightforward agenda to the ‘War’. Even where we notice that this was not true (at Greenham, for example, where the material culture highlights for us the existences of many agendas, belonging to the military garrison, the peace women, the police buffer between them and local residents), we have to fight hard to avoid oversimplifying, and to make sure we recall that ‘residents’ stood on both sides, that there were sympathies inside the fence for the peace ‘cause’, that for some of the peace women the gender conflict took precedence over the nuclear.
The second phase is principally associated with French testing in French Polynesia in which atmospheric tests were conducted from 1966 to 1975 followed by underground tests until 1996, long after Cold War hostilities had subsided. Such a chronology is useful as a framework for looking at specific impacts of the nuclear age in the Pacific, but it is limited in providing a framework for investigating why it was possible for particular nations to test weapons in particular locations, and over such a long period.
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A Fearsome Heritage: Diverse Legacies of the Cold War (One World Archaeology) by Dr John Schofield, Wayne Cocroft