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Armageddon Insurance: Civil Defense in the United States and Soviet Union, 1945-1991

Edward M. Geist


The dangerous, decades-long arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War begged a fundamental question: how did these superpowers actually plan to survive a nuclear strike? In Armageddon Insurance, the first historical account of Soviet civil defense and a pioneering reappraisal of its American counterpart, Edward M. Geist compares how the two superpowers tried, and mostly failed, to reinforce their societies to withstand the ultimate catastrophe. Drawing on previously unexamined documents from archives in America, Russia, and Ukraine, Geist places these civil d ... More

Keywords: civil defense, nuclear warfare, U.S. history, Soviet history, Cold War, garrison state, mass mobilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469645254
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward M. Geist, author
RAND Corporation