The Doomsday Clock (to the left) is a symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is estimated to be to global disaster. The most recent officially announced setting — five minutes to midnight (11:55pm) — was made on January 14, 2014. Reflecting international events dangerous to humankind, the clock's hands have been adjusted twenty times since its inception in 1947, when the clock was initially set to seven minutes to midnight (11:53pm). Originally, the clock analogy represented the threat of global nuclear war; however, since 2007 it has also reflected climate-changing technologies and "new developments in the life sciences that could inflict irrevocable harm."
The threat of nuclear disaster is a new concept to the last sixty years of human history, and although it isn't always at the forefront of our minds, it is always a possibility. The purpose of this lesson is not to scare you. Over the course of the last Twenty Years both the United States and Russia have agreed to significantly limit the number of live nuclear weapons. The most recent of of which was signed in 2013.
XP=4 Objectives: 1. Evaluate the collective awareness western culture to the possibilities of the nuclear age. 2. Examine Primary Source footage to gain a greater understanding of the perceived Nuclear Threat.
A List of Current Nuclear Countries
The Tsar Bomb
Duck and Cover
Assessment: 1. After the Berlin Blockade why do you believe NATO Countries and The USSR put their efforts into the Nuclear Arms Race? 2. With so many countries possessing Nuclear weapons and technology is the world safer now, or less safe than during The Cold War? 3. Did the concept of mutually assured destruction(M.A.D.) create a rigid global status quo, and promote cooperation between NATO and The USSR, why or why not? 4. What was the purpose of the Tsar Bomb, and other weapons like it? 5. If there is no way to hide from an Nuclear Bomb, what then was the purpose of Duck and Cover?