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Matthew T. Sneddon
HIST 215
Seattle Campus

The History of the Atomic Bomb

History of the atomic bomb from the beginning of nuclear physics to the security hearing of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Includes a study of the scientific achievements that made the bomb possible, the decision to deploy the bomb, the moral misgivings of the scientists involved.

Class description

This course examines the history of nuclear weapons, primarily in the United States, from the turn of the century to the 1960s. We will explore the interactions between the science and technology of the bomb, and the broader political, military, diplomatic, and popular cultures.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 05/14/2002