AUTHORHecht, Gabrielle
TITLEThe Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II
PUBLISHERThe MIT Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED1998
ISBN0-262-08266-7


This book discusses the early history of French nuclear power within its social and political context from the end of World War II to 1970. The author describes the creation of the nuclear reactors, the work at the reactor sites, and the impact of nuclear power on local communities. Information on the French atomic bomb program is also included. The conflicts and negotiations surrounding the nuclear programs are detailed, and the importance of the programs to French national identity is made clear. An excellent bioliography and extensive footnotes are provided.


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