Atoms for Annan: The Chapelcross Works nuclear station, technopolitics, and British nuclear culture in the Dumfriesshire region of Scotland between 1955-1979

Date created: 
2018-05-01
Identifier: 
etd10737
Keywords: 
Scotland
Technopolitics
Nuclear culture
Cold War
Nuclear policy
Anti—nuclear activism
Abstract: 

This thesis examines the history of the Chapelcross Works nuclear station and the local, regional, and national politics around the plant from 1955 to 1979. It looks outward from the plant's history to view the convergence of technopolitics and nuclear culture in Scotland during the Cold War. The thesis argues that the problem of autonomy from versus integration within the British Nuclear State often shaped how Scottish institutions, civil society groups, and individuals dealt with Chapelcross station and crafted strategies around their differing agendas. It also shows how some people in Dumfriesshire challenged official UK nuclear policy and official narratives.

Document type: 
Thesis
Rights: 
This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Aaron Windel
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of History
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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