Nuclear fear in Europe: from weapons to power stations



"La gueule ouverte" cover (the open mouth), environmental and anti-nuclear periodic, n. 28, 20th november 1974.The Cold War context led to the emergence of new fears in Europe, including those related to nuclear weapons. Scientists, pacifists and citizens expressed their emotion, usually in combination with reasoned debate, in the face of the threat of global destruction. The 1970s witnessed a shift towards fears associated with nuclear power, expressed both as a fear of major accidents and through protests against the day-to-day environmental impact of this energy source.