Book ID: CBB843767637

Chernobyl: the history of a nuclear catastrophe (2018)

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Plokhy, Serhii (Author)


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Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 404
Language: English

An in depth look at the stories of firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who worked to extinguish the nuclear inferno of Chernobyl identifies the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry. April 26, 1986. Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. Plokhy tells the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, and in doing so traces the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime's control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. (Publisher)

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Authors & Contributors
Hollinger, David A.
Carson, Cathryn L.
Cassidy, David C.
Hufbauer, Karl
Bird, Kai
Holloway, David
Journals
Environmental History
Science, Technology and Human Values
Osteuropa
History Workshop Journal
Journal of Canadian Studies
Social Studies of Science
Publishers
Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California
MIT Press
The MIT Press
University of Toronto Press
Columbia University Press
Viking
Concepts
Technology and politics
Nuclear power stations
Accidents
Communism
Atomic energy; nuclear power
Science and politics
People
Stalin, Joseph
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
Places
Russia
Soviet Union
United States
Japan
Ukraine
Hungary
Institutions
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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