Cold War: Nuclear politics in the 1950s and 1960s Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
6a Make a list of the main effects of a nuclear bomb blast.
6b Which of the effects is the most deadly?
6c What preparations has the government made?
6d What preparations does the government want ordinary people to make?

Analysis and Interpretation
6e Look back at Source 1. Does this poster tell the public everything?
6f How effective do you think the civil defence measures would be?
6g Would this poster make you more or less concerned about the prospect of a nuclear war?
6h Some people saw the terrible effects of nuclear war as a reason to ban nuclear weapons. Others saw the effects as a reason to have them (to stop the other side using them). Which side do you support?

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    A poster produced by the British Government's Ministry of Information in 1965 informing people about H Bombs and Civil Defence

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    A poster produced by the British Government's Ministry of Information in 1965 informing people about H Bombs and Civil Defence

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