Cold War


    Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Dec 2004


        This book looks at the physical manifestations – buildings and structures – of the Cold War in England. Illustrated with contemporary and archive photographs, site and building plans it looks at the buildings within their military and political context.

        Main Summary

          The historical and cultural aspects of the Cold War have been much studied, yet its physical manifestations in England – its buildings and structures – have remained largely unknown.

          To the great landscape historian WG Hoskins writing in the 1950’s they were profoundly alien: “England of the … electric fence, of the high barbed wire around some unmentionable devilment…. Barbaric England of the scientists, the military men, and the politicians”.

          Now these survivors of the Cold War are, in their turn, disappearing fast, like medieval monasteries and bastioned  forts before them – only with more limited scope for regeneration and reuse.

           This book is the first to look at these monuments to the Cold War.  It is heavily illustrated with photographs of the sites as they survive today, archive photographs (many previously unpublished), modern and historic air photographs, site and building plans, and specially commissioned interpretative drawings.  It also endeavours look at the installations within the military and political context of what was one of the defining phenomena of the late 20th century.


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          Roger C. Thomas
          P.S. Barnwell
          Wayne D. Cocroft

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            1. Introduction

            2. The Cold War: military and political background

            3. MAD - 'Mutually Assured Destruction'

            4. The United States 'umbrella'

            5. Early warning and detections

            6. Warning of ballistic missile attack

            7. The response - air defence

            8. Observation and monitoring

            9. The home front

            10. The 'white heat' of defence technology

            11. The legacy of the Cold War - an international perspective


              “One could not imagine a better work on the subject”
              'a model example of comprehensive research in modern, contemporary industrial heritage'
              “This is excellent archaeology”