Call for Applications from LUISS - Atoms for EUrope: Atomic Energy, the Threat of Nuclear Warfare, and the History of European Integration (ATEU)

Intensive Program POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS (MASTERS AND PHD PROGRAMS)

Vienna

17 February–2 March 2013

 

Nuclear progress and the fear of nuclear warfare have shaped the European integration process from its very beginnings. The further development of the peaceful applications of nuclear technologies in Europe, as envisaged in the foundation of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) in 1957, corresponded to President Eisenhower’s famous “Atoms for Peace” speech of 1953. But notwithstanding this optimistic vision of nuclear energy the Europeans in East and West also faced the threat of atomic warfare between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 showed that the danger of radiation cut across national borders. Nuclear hopes and atomic fears alike were something that united the divided European continent.

 

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