By Dr John Schofield, Wayne Cocroft
From enormous nuclear try out websites to the extra sophisticated fabric realities of daily life, the impact of the chilly battle on smooth tradition has been profound and international. Fearsome Legacies unites leading edge paintings at the interpretation and administration of chilly conflict historical past from fields together with archaeology, background, paintings and structure, and cultural reviews. members comprehend fabric tradition in its broadest feel, interpreting items in outer house, household house, landscapes, and inventive areas. They take on interpretive demanding situations and controversies, together with in museum shows, history websites, archaeological websites, and different ancient and public venues. With over one hundred fifty colour photographs and illustrations, together with a photographic essay, readers can consider the profound visible influence of this fabric tradition.
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Extra info for A Fearsome Heritage: Diverse Legacies of the Cold War (One World Archaeology)
There are two particularly important scales: the context of the wider contemporary world (social as well as military, personal as well as social, views from both sides of the wall, and views from beyond the conflict, diversity and views within the ‘blocs’), and (more importantly, because of its recentness, complexity and still baleful influence on attitudes) the contextualisation of present-day world views, to which it is still so close and relevant. The past is never over, never finished, but continues to live in the present, and it usually has a much stronger life when it is so recent and remains the subject of heated political and moral debate.
The greatest fear about this fearsome heritage is that we should accept a too ‘clean’ interpretation that leaves too little room for The Cold War in context 31 conflicting memory and re-interpretation; closure is perhaps best avoided for the moment, even if it were possible. One theme of the Cold War itself was disinformation – of ‘enemies’, both foreign and within – and archaeologies of the Cold War ought not to emulate this. The main thrust of this chapter has been that archaeologists and others could begin to ask different questions of the Cold War’s material remains.
The first, involving atmospheric and surface tests, began with the detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima in August 1945 and continued until the signing of the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963 by the United States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union – but, notably, not France – that ended atmospheric testing by these powers. The second phase is principally associated with French testing in French Polynesia in which atmospheric tests were conducted from 1966 to 1975 followed by underground tests until 1996, long after Cold War hostilities had subsided.