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Gahan, Andrew H. (Andrew Herman) 1957-

Works: 1 works in 3 publications in 1 language and 6 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D899,
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Most widely held works by Andrew H Gahan
Searching for America's nuclear heritage : an exercise in recent memory at America's atomic museums by Andrew H Gahan( )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The events that occurred in the summer of 1945 altered the trajectory of human history. Not only did the Trinity Test in the New Mexico desert and the atomic bombings in Japan forcefully usher in the nuclear age, their long-term impact altered the ways in which societies and their governments conducted foreign policy, waged war, and thought about the future of humanity. This study examines representations of those events and their long-term influences on American society and culture as portrayed in museum exhibits. It particularly focuses on the role of museums as memory institutions and the part they play in creating a distinctive memorial or historical narrative. This study utilizes various theories and observations as models on how society creates and maintains public memory, and it seeks to differentiate the diverse but similar meanings of history and heritage. Two narratives underscore the exhibitions within America's atomic museums that establish the historical context and the frameworks of collective memory. The first is the rush to build the atomic bomb during World War II and the creation and impact of the Manhattan Project. The Museum interprets the dawn of the atomic age by highlighting the hectic pace of the Project and the "race" to build the bomb. The second narrative takes a broad look at the Cold War and the role that nuclear weapons played in ensuring a measure of peace between the world's two superpowers. This particular representation focuses on the nuclear paradox that views nuclear weapons as both the ultimate instrument of mass destruction and the ultimate peacekeepers. These two narratives construct one aspect of America's nuclear heritage that defines the role nuclear weapons have played since the dawn of the nuclear age
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