Book ID: CBB372215077

Exploring Greenland: Cold War Science and Technology on Ice (2016)


Harper, Kristine C. (Editor)
Doel, Ronald E. (Editor)
Heymann, Matthias (Editor)


Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 316 pages
Language: English

Using newly declassified documents, this book explores why U.S. military leaders after World War II sought to monitor the far north and understand the physical environment of Greenland, a crucial territory of Denmark. It reveals a fascinating yet little-known realm of Cold War intrigue and a delicate diplomatic duet between a smaller state and a superpower amid a time of intense global pressures. Written by scholars in Denmark and the United States, this book explores many compelling topics. What led to the creation of the U.S. Thule Air Base in Greenland, one of the world’s largest, and why did the U.S. build a nuclear-powered city under Greenland’s ice cap? How did Danish concern about sovereignty shape scientific research programs in Greenland? Also explored here: why did Denmark’s most famous scientist, Inge Lehmann, became involved in research in Greenland, and what international reverberations resulted from the crash of a U.S. B-52 bomber carrying four nuclear weapons near Thule in January 1968?

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Authors & Contributors
Nielsen, Henry
Nielsen, Kristian Hvidtfelt
Knudsen, Henrik
Martin-Nielsen, Janet
Tietge, David J.
Hecht, Gabrielle
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Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
American Historical Review
Journal of Historical Geography
Ohio University Press
Stanford University Press
Science History Publications
The MIT Press
World Scientific
Columbia University Press
Cold War
Science and politics
Science and war; science and the military
Cross-national interaction
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Sakharov, Andrei
Ahlmann, Hans Wilhelmsson
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Soviet Union
Polar regions
South Africa
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
RAND Corporation
United States. Army

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