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The nuclear game - How close was it?

In the 1950s and 1960s people probably knew less than we do today about the nuclear weapons that existed and what their governments were doing about them. On the other hand people probably thought a lot more about nuclear weapons than we do today.

This is because there were lots of times in that period when it seemed likely that these weapons might be used. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s there was a real fear of an all out nuclear war between the USA and the USSR which would devastate those countries and most of the rest of the world with it.

In this Gallery you are going to try to understand how both people and politicians felt about nuclear weapons and the possibility of nuclear war in the 1950s and 1960s. We have 3 case studies which will help you to develop your own views on this matter and answer the Big Question. Look at the Big Question section to see exact details of what you have to do. When you are clear in your own mind, click on the case studies to begin your investigation.

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Case Studies *
* Nuclear politics in the 1950s and 1960s * *
* Banning the Bomb * *
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* The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 * *
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The Big Question