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The strange death of UK civil defence education in the 1980s

Preston, J (2015) 'The strange death of UK civil defence education in the 1980s.' History of Education, 44 (2). 225 - 242. ISSN 0046-760X

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In the cold war, the United Kingdom government devised a number of public education campaigns to inform citizens about the precautions that they should undertake in the event of a nuclear attack. One such campaign, Protect and Survive, was released to the general public and media in May 1980. The negative publicity this publication received is considered to be a reason why a successor publication was never released despite the increased risk of nuclear attack. Using recently released records from the UK National Archives the paper considers that, aside from this explanation, interlocking institutional objectives, rather than simply inertia, provide an explanation for this hiatus.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil defence, disaster education, path dependency, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 14:46
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 14:46

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