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AskHistorians 2020 Conference Keynote by Prof. Alex Wellerstein: The Atomic Bomb and Visions of the New Post War Order
"A new relationship of man to the universe" - that was what the U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson thought the invention of the atomic bomb meant, several months before its use at Hiroshima. But what would that relationship look like, and who would define it? In his keynote address, Prof. Wellerstein discusses the emotions, calculations, actions, and reactions of the 1940s as countries imagined what a world in an atomic age would look like, vacillating between apocalyptic fears and utopian dreams. Whatever nearly everybody agreed on was that the world would never be the same — but nobody was sure about what "the new world" they were entering would actually be like.

Sep 15, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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