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

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Preston, J. 2015. The strange death of UK civil defence education in the 1980s. History of Education. 44 (2), pp. 225-242.
AuthorsPreston, J.
Abstract

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, provides an explanation for this hiatus.

JournalHistory of Education
Journal citation44 (2), pp. 225-242
ISSN1464-5130
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/0046760X.2014.979253
Publication dates
Print04 Mar 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited27 Oct 2014
Accepted24 Oct 2014
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
Copyright information© 2015 The author
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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