Impact of American Cinema on Nuclear Geopolitical Identity
Air Command and Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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American cinema has shaped and reinforced nuclear ideological geopolitics in the United States since the beginning of the Cold War. Early on, motion pictures were used to support costly investments in nuclear technology and illustrate the futility of nuclear war to policymakers and the public. When US nuclear strategy appeared to shift away from deterrence later in the Cold War, American cinema pushed back by graphically showing the effects of nuclear war to the public.