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Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future

Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future outlines the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's case against nuclear weapons. It uses easy-to-follow language to create a brief yet compelling case for the abolition of nuclear weapons. It is written and narrated by Foundation President David Krieger, and is a strong tool for education and advocacy.

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A Brief History of the Atomic Age

A Brief History of the Atomic Age is a multimedia presentation using slides, video and audio that covers the past sixty years in 15 minutes. Carnegie Director for Nonproliferation Joseph Cirincione wrote and narrated the review, which opened the November 2005 Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference. The segment is ideal for college and high school classes.

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Dawn At the Brink

Series: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
Rating: *****
Audience: High School to Adult
Price: Public performance: $29.95 Series (public): $350.00
Date: Copyright 1989. Released 1989.

Descriptors: Nuclear weapons. World politics. Strategy. International security.

Production Information: Live action. Sponsored by Annenberg/CPB Project. Videos: 13. Color. Includes Teacher's guide, Study guide, Textbooks. Closed captioned. 60, 60 min.

Production Company: WGBH (Boston) Central Independent Television (Britain) NHK (Japan)

Available from: Annenberg/CPB Project 901 E St. NW Washington, DC 20004-2037 (202) 879-9656

Cataloging: ||Nuclear warfare||Nuclear weapons Print Entry #: 1:42 Reviewer: John Dowling

Copyright 1995 ABC-CLIO. This review was taken from the ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries on CD-ROM, a 5-year compilation of over 8900 video titles and reviews, 1990-1994. For information regarding order VRGL CD-ROM, contact: ABC-CLIO, P.O. Box 1911, Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911; 805-968-1911 

This text is being displayed in the Nuclear Files with the kind permission of the publishers.

War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
1989, WGBH/Boston and Central Independent Television , England in association with NHK, Japan.

War and Peace in the Nuclear Age is the Annenberg/ CPB Project series of 13 one-hour video programs that traces the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear strategy. This series of tapes could serve well as a course on the nuclear age or as extremely pertinent background material on any course dealing with nuclear weapons and/or their political implications. Even colleges or high schools with no nuclear specialists could offer this course since the programs stand well alone. Teachers who are not knowledgeable in this area will find the supplementary student and teacher guide materials very helpful. War and Peace is comprehensive and extremely well done - it is the best series available on the nuclear age.

The series covers the whole nuclear era but emphasizes the following topics: the development of the first atomic bomb, the Cold War, the "bomber and missile" gaps, the Cuban missile crisis, détente, nuclear proliferation, the MX, nuclear weapons in Europe, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and concludes with an examination of the range of current policy options available. Thus War and Peace provides an extensive coverage of nearly every important topic in this area. The student and teacher guides are well prepared, and the supplementary readings provide an extensive list of resources for further study.

This series uses pertinent archival film footage, conducts interviews with individuals involved in past and current nuclear policy decisionmaking, and has a considerable amount of new footage on current issues. Technically, the production is quite professional and is remarkably well executed. There is a logical flow through the history of the period, with a proper balance of old and newly prepared materials.

Additional Nuclear Films

  • Donald Richie, "Mono No Aware: Hiroshima on Film"
  • Susan Sontag, "The Imagination of Disaster"
  • Chon Noriega, "Godzilla and the Japanese Nightmare: When Them! Is U.S."
  • Ben Crawford, "Emperor Tomato-Ketchup: Cartoon Properties from Japan"
  • Freda Freiberg, "Akira: and the Postnuclear Sublime"
  • Kyoko Hirano, "Depiction of the Atomic Bombings in Japanese Cinema During the US Occupation Period"
  • Abé Mark Nornes, "The Body at the Center: The Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki"
  • Linda C. Ehrlich, "The Extremes of Innocence: Kurosawa's dreams and rhapsodies"
  • James Goodwin, "Akira Kurosawa and the Atomic Age"
  • John T. Dorsey & Naomi Matsuoka, "Narrative Strategies of Understatement in Black Rain as a Novel and a Film"
  • Maya Morioka Todeschini, "Death and the Maiden: Female Hibakusha as Cultural Heroines and the Politics of A-bomb Memory"