Atomic Dreams, Nuclear Nightmares: A History of the Bomb
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Lang College
Course Number: LNGC 1514
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
On August 6, 1945, an American bomber dropped a thirteen kiloton atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. On August 9th Americans dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 40,000 people. Seventy years later, this may seem like ancient history, and nuclear weapons a thing of the past—the Cold War is over, the Soviet Union is gone. But now in the 21st century the threat of nuclear war is just as real as it has been at any time in the past. Since the end of the Cold War India, Pakistan and North Korea have all tested weapons, and right now Iran is pursuing nuclear power, despite international sanctions. Non-state actors may also have access to radioactive materials. This course explores the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons, as well as efforts to prevent their spread and use. Our location in New York City gives us access to an incredible range of people and resources to build a deep and rich understanding of nuclear weapons, those who build them, those who want them, and those who are struggling to prevent another nuclear nightmare.
Open to Undergraduate students.
Open to Freshman students.