Cold War Ruralism: civil defence planning, country ways and the founding of the UK’s Royal Observer Corps' fallout monitoring posts network

BENNETT, Luke (2017). Cold War Ruralism: civil defence planning, country ways and the founding of the UK’s Royal Observer Corps' fallout monitoring posts network. Journal of Planning History. (In Press)

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Abstract

1954 saw the first public detonation of an H-bomb, a weapon whose radioactive fallout challenged existing spatialised notions of targeting and post-attack recovery by making a whole country vulnerable to the vagaries of drifting toxic clouds that drew no distinction between urban centres and rural periphery. In response, the UK government established a network of 1,518 underground nuclear fallout monitoring posts spread uniformly across the country. This article considers how planning for this new reality brought a diffusion of cold war urban anxieties and ways of doing into the UK countryside, but in a way that was awkward and approximate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: H-bomb, civil defence, fallout, ruralism, urbanism, positive planning, nuclear war, cold war, bunkers.
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Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 11:46
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 16:11
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15465

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