Article ID: CBB001212896

Selling Greenland: The Big Picture Television Series and the Army's Bid for Relevance during the Early Cold War (2013)


Kinney, D. J. (Author)

Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Volume: 55, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 344-357

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Perspectives on Cold War Science in Small European States”
Language: English

With an increased emphasis on air defense and missile technology at the outset of the Cold War, the role of the US Army's conventional ground forces seemed in doubt. The US Air Force achieved a position of primacy among the armed forces as it expanded its reach into outer space with a new ballistic missile force, while the US Navy set about a project of seafaring exploration and militarization with the submerged trans-polar crossings. To counter this perception, the US Army mounted a campaign to prove its relevance in matters of technology and national defense. The key technical vehicle in this endeavor would prove to be mass media, and the staging area for the effort would be Greenland. Greenland would be the venue for the Army's most audacious appeals to the American people and the Congress to recognize its relevance to Cold War science and technology. Greenland would be called a `forward defense system,' and a `cordon against aggression,' and while the Air Force's bombers would be stationed on the coast at Thule, the Greenland icecap would be the realm of the US Army alone.

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Article Heymann, Matthias; Martin-Nielsen, Janet (2013) Introduction: Perspectives on Cold War Science in Small European States. Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (pp. 221-242). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Nielsen, Henry
Nielsen, Kristian Hvidtfelt
Martin-Nielsen, Janet
Heymann, Matthias
Knudsen, Henrik
Roberts, Peder
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Journal of Historical Geography
Pickering & Chatto
University of California, Berkeley
University of North Carolina Press
Columbia University Press
Cold War
Science and war; science and the military
Cross-national interaction
Science and politics
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Environmental sciences
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Dunn, Leslie Clarence
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Müller, Hermann Joseph
Bruun, Anton F.
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Soviet Union
Polar regions
United States. Army
Genetics Society of America

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