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By Dick van Lente

Among the numerous technical thoughts that have been brought after international conflict II, none left as powerful an influence at the public because the atom bombs that destroyed eastern towns in August 1945. humans mentioned the 'atomic age' that had now started, as though this technological innovation may, all on its own, form a brand new international. The atomic age used to be defined as one who may well quickly lead to the destruction of human civilization, yet from the start, utopian photos have been hooked up to it besides. Nuclear expertise provided the promise of functions in medication, agriculture, and engineering, and nuclear strength may well theoretically supply a vast offer of strength. This publication demonstrates and makes an attempt to give an explanation for how the preferred media represented nuclear strength, in its army and non-military types. It makes a speciality of the 1st 20 years of the 'atomic age,' whilst nationwide governments, army strategists, scientists, and the general public tried to come back to phrases with a expertise that so vastly appeared to swap the customers for the longer term. well known magazines, comics, newspapers, public exhibitions from internationally are tested to check representations of nuclear strength in several nations and to track divergences, convergences, and exchanges.

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54 Finally, the first November issue features a reflective piece on what the “atomic age” really means, and what it may bring. The author contrasts the dates used to mark the beginning of the atomic age: the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, and the Geneva conference in 1955, where “for the first time scientists started talking openly . . ”55 The author then proceeds to lay out the hopes and dreams associated with nuclear energy: nuclearpowered locomotives, submarines, airplanes, and even space ships, peaceful nuclear explosions to reverse the flow of rivers and irrigate deserts, and of course all the benefits nuclear reactors and the isotopes produced therein will yield for science, medicine, industry, and agriculture.

68 Here, we are beginning to see how “peaceful nuclear applications” become political tools in a conflict first set in motion by their military twin technologies. They increasingly signify the antidote to nuclear annihilation, however utopian and futuristic they remain at this point. 69 In January 1962, a color photograph of the icebreaker in the midst of Arctic ice appears on the front cover. ’ It will pave the way to the minds and hearts of peoples, and call them to turn away from state competition in the arms race and toward competition in the use of atomic energy for the public good .

58 Sputnik enters its orbit, and the pages of Ogonyok, in the year 1957. 59 “Sputnik” is hailed as herald of a better future, and proof of Soviet technological prowess. Ogonyok sometimes anthropomorphizes the satellite, and takes great pleasure detailing the uproar created by Sputnik’s successful launch in the United States. 61 Two years after the launch of Sputnik, the nuclear icebreaker “Lenin” offers yet another “fellow traveler” (or “companion,” the actual meaning of “sputnik”) for Ogonyok’s readers to identify with.

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