Conclusion: Civil Defence Futures (Re)imagined

Marie Cronqvist, Casper Sylvest, Rosanna Farbøl

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Reflecting on the individual studies of civil defence during the Cold War provided in this volume, this brief, concluding chapter performs three tasks. First, against the backdrop of the empirical analyses and the collective exploration of the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries, we reflect on the potential and limitations of this concept in historical scholarship. Second, we sum up the findings of the book by drawing attention to some of the most striking similarities and differences that emerge from the empirical chapters. Finally, we briefly make a case for the value and relevance of civil defence history for current imaginaries of security for civil society in Europe in the face of a highly diverse range of potential threats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCold War Civil Defence in Western Europe
Subtitle of host publicationSociotechnical Imaginaries of Survival and Preparedness
EditorsMarie Cronqvist, Rosanna Farbøl, Casper Sylvest
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-84281-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-84280-2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventNew Directions in Civil Defence History - University of Southern Denmark, Institute for Public Health, Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 2019 Aug 282019 Aug 29


ConferenceNew Directions in Civil Defence History

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


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