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Realism, Utopia and the Mushroom Cloud By Michael Bess

Realism, Utopia and the Mushroom Cloud

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A comparison of four dissident intellectuals who grappled with questions about international politics in a nuclear age and co-operation instead of coercion throughout their careers - Louise Weiss, Leo Szilard, E.P. Thompson, and Danilo Dolci.
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Realism, Utopia and the Mushroom Cloud: Four Activist Intellectuals and Their Strategies for Peace, 1945-89 - Louise Weiss (France), Leo Szilard (USA), E.P.Thompson (England), Danilo Dolci (Italy) by Michael Bess

How have the weapons of the nuclear age changed the rules of international politics? Can co-operation replace coercion as an instrument of security? This book compares the biographies of four dissident intellectuals who grappled with these questions throughout their careers - Louise Weiss, Leo Szilard, E.P. Thompson, and Danilo Dolci. Though they shared a revulsion for the "balance of terror," they possessed sharply divergent visions of a post-Cold War peace, from the Gandhi-like non-violence of Dolci to Szilard's relentless quest for US-Soviet joint diplomacy. Weiss, a French journalist and realpolitiker, believed that a united European military power would break the Cold War impasse; Szilard, a physicist and father of the atomic bomb, pressed for co-operative diplomacy between the superpowers; Thompson, a British historian, mobilized millions in the grassroots campaign for European Nuclear Disarmament; and Dolci, an Italian poet, experimented with conflict resolution through education and non-violence. By comparing the ideals, successes, and failures of these activists, this book illustrates the problematic boundary between "realism" and utopianism" in the nuclear age.

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About Michael Bess


Michael Bess is assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

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Realism, Utopia and the Mushroom Cloud: Four Activist Intellectuals and Their Strategies for Peace, 1945-89 - Louise Weiss (France), Leo Szilard (USA), E.P.Thompson (England), Danilo Dolci (Italy) by Michael Bess
Michael Bess
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
1993-10-01
344
0226044211
9780226044217
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