Introduction: New Paths in Civil Defence History

Marie Cronqvist, Casper Sylvest, Rosanna Farbøl

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The introduction to the volume lays out the rationale and ambitions of the book, delineates its chronological and geographical focus and situates it in the existing historiography of civil defence. One central ambition is to advance civil defence history by attuning it more explicitly to the study of science and technology and to pave the way for transnational and comparative efforts. We do so in two steps. We introduce and explore the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries developed by Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim, before applying and adjusting it to civil defence history. Finally, the introduction provides a brief overview of the chapters in the volume.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCold War civil defence in Western Europe
Subtitle of host publicationSociotechnical imaginaries of survival and preparedness
EditorsMarie Cronqvist, Casper Sylvest, Rosanna Farbøl
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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