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dc.contributor.authorBuscemi, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-10 20:25:01 (GMT)
dc.date.issued2020-08-10
dc.date.submitted2020-07-02
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10012/16109
dc.description.abstractIf All Else Fails… Survival, is a thorough examination of the creation of Britain’s 1980s nuclear civil defence program, Protect and Survive. The programme’s role as a significant political and cultural influence in Britain throughout the decade, and as a prominent construct of Cold War memories, are evidenced. The Conservative Party’s release of the programme was a defining moment in British history, that carries political, social, cultural, and psychological ramifications. However, this research establishes that the programme’s legacy as the creepy cartoon that advised families to hide from nuclear bombs in DIY shelters is misunderstood and oversimplified. Protect and Survive’s pragmatic simplicity (still associated with the Conservative Party) was symptomatic of a long, clandestine history of nuclear proliferation and civil defence cuts spearheaded by Labour Ministries as a means of bolstering support for the nuclear deterrent. The programme sparked concerted criticisms and its questionable efficacy was considered to be indicative of government efforts to remain a nuclear power, at the expense of public survival. The many policies, protests, and media that emanated from Protect and Survive provide unrivalled examples of discourses between governments and citizenry during the Cold War, indelibly capturing how British leaders covertly prepared themselves for the end of British civilization. Also brought to light is the unprecedented alliance between scientists, artists, doctors, Labour, academics, the CND, socialists, and Local Authorities (principally the Greater London Council) to assail the Thatcher government through the weak point of Protect and Survive’s dubious credibility. Being released in early 1980, Protect and Survive became a remarkable focal point of Thatcherite conservatism, nuclear disarmament, and British neoliberal culture at national and municipal levels. The remarkably negative public reaction to the program facilitated extraordinary debates and media on Britain’s status as a nuclear power. Also considered are the cultural and political realities of 1980s British society through the relationships between federal and municipal governments with civil defence and the protection of its citizenry. British concepts of nuclear danger are explored as well as how the fear of annihilation informed ideas of Britishness, community, mental health, class, culture, and the role of government. Also rationalized is the processes through which Protect and Survive shaped the everyday experience of British life during the Cold War as part of a complex correlation between politics and culture that was endemic within Cold War Britain.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectCold Waren
dc.subjectGreat Britainen
dc.subjectNuclear Weaponsen
dc.subjectCivil Defenceen
dc.subjectPopular Cultureen
dc.subject1980sen
dc.subject1970sen
dc.subjectMargaret Thatcheren
dc.subjectThatcherismen
dc.subjectProtestsen
dc.subjectHome Officeen
dc.titleIf All Else Fails ... Survival: Protect and Survive and the End of the World in Thatcherite Britainen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse
uws-etd.degree.departmentHistoryen
uws-etd.degree.disciplineHistoryen
uws-etd.degree.grantorUniversity of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen
uws-etd.embargo.terms2 yearsen
uws.contributor.advisorGorman, Daniel
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen
uws.published.cityWaterlooen
uws.published.countryCanadaen
uws.published.provinceOntarioen
uws-etd.embargo2022-08-10T20:25:01Z
uws.typeOfResourceTexten
uws.peerReviewStatusUnrevieweden
uws.scholarLevelGraduateen


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