Download e-book for kindle: Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace by Ira Chernus

By Ira Chernus

ISBN-10: 1585442194

ISBN-13: 9781585442195

In his “Atoms for Peace” speech of 1953, President Dwight David Eisenhower captured the tensions—and the ironies—of the atomic age. whereas nuclear devastation threatened all international locations, Eisenhower believed purely nuclear preparedness provided security; whereas nuclear guns loomed because the final struggle cloud, nuclear strength provided growth and hope.

In this thought-provoking attention of Eisenhower’s speech and others best as much as it, Ira Chernus perspectives the “Atoms for Peace” speech, provided to the overall meeting of the United international locations, no longer simply as a legitimation of yankee international coverage yet as itself an act of coverage. certainly, he frames the coverage in a brand new interpretation of Eisenhower’s wide discursive objective, which he calls “apocalypse management,” a plan to permit the USA to regulate threats and crises round the world.

Chernus sheds new mild at the inner consistency of Eisenhower’s concept, which many observers have chanced on inconsistent, in addition to at the ways that the president’s rhetoric subsidized him right into a coverage nook he had now not meant to occupy. Chernus additionally studies the family influence of the speech via an in depth exam of media interpretations within the United States.

This tightly reasoned, essentially written learn bargains a brand new figuring out of the evolution of chilly battle nuclear coverage, the ability of presidential rhetoric, and the political figuring out of America’s “man of peace,” Dwight David Eisenhower. the entire textual content of Eisenhower's speech is gifted within the textual content. these attracted to American overseas coverage will locate it compelling studying; students and scholars will locate it difficult and lucrative analysis.

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S. government would have to frame all of its policies with one eye fixed firmly on a [  ]    nuclear danger that was, for all practical purposes, permanent. ”9 To keep control, the government would constantly have to frame new policies to respond to changing events. ” The panel recommended flexibility in four major areas. First, the panel wanted nuclear policy used to cement closer relations with allies, for there could be “little hope of real settlement until the strength and stability of the West has been clearly established.

It was the president, more than anyone else, who taught the nation to desire peace as its highest goal while giving unlimited support to waging cold war. S. public discourse throughout the cold war years. Even today, our public discussion on issues of national concern is largely shaped by the pattern of apocalypse management. This was Eisenhower’s most lasting legacy. The story of “Atoms for Peace” helps us to understand how the goals and policies of apocalypse management came to dominate our national life.

However, the report was explicitly pessimistic about the chances for any success in disarmament and arms control. The panel’s secretary, Bundy, has suggested that the panel was hoping for some kind of substantial arms control effort motivated by public concern. Its preliminary summary and its chairman’s own writings gave some credence to this view. Nonetheless its final report argued that such an effort would be useless until there was an overall settlement of world tensions and an institutional guarantee of international community.

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