The History of the Future. 6: In the Shadow of the Bomb. The Shadow of the Bomb. Constant fear early 1950s – late 1980s Civilization could be wiped out at any time Unusual character of Cold War Long, relatively static confrontation Civilians and cities as prime targets
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6: In the Shadow of the Bomb
Uranium based bomb
4 tons, equivalent to 12,500 tons of TNT
About 140,000 people killed by end 1945
Medical effects closely studied
Decision to use remains controversial among historiansHiroshima