Introduction: Chernobyl and Hiroshima

  • John Jagger


In the early hours of the morning of 26 April 1986, a nuclear power reactor in the Ukrainian town of Chernobyl blew up, killing 31 people and strewing radioactive debris acioss Russia and Eastern Europe. The whole world was deeply frightened by this accident. It is now widely felt that Chernobyl sounded the death knell of commercial nuclear power.


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  1. 1.
    George F. Kennan, 1981, “On nuclear war.” See The Nuclear Delusion, 1983. New York: Pantheon Books—Random House, pp. 194–195.Google Scholar
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    Carl Sagan, 1983, “To preserve a world graced by life,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 39 January, pp. 2–3.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    In this book, simplifications are sometimes made that the purist may rightly question. They are meant to aid the lay reader. For example, categories of nuclear waste are defined in a quite different way than is current (see Chapter 9).Google Scholar

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