Adult event
Serhii Plokhy: Nuclear Folly

Serhii Plokhy: Nuclear Folly

Authors: Serhii Plokhy

Date/Time: Sunday 13 February 2022 12:00-13:00

Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 2, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No. 68 

The threat of nuclear disaster, whether by accident or design, cast a long shadow over the latter half of the 20th century. Now with several countries rumoured to be testing sophisticated nuclear weapons and nuclear power poised to play a greater role as part of a ‘greener’ energy solution, award-winning Harvard historian Serhii Plokhy looks back at two key events where the nuclear question had history pivoting on a knife edge. In his definitive new history of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nuclear Folly, Plokhy tells the riveting story of deception and mutual suspicion that brought the US and Soviet Union to the brink of Armageddon in October 1962, with nuclear disaster avoided thanks to one very human reason: fear. Plokhy’s historical study Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, which won the Baillie Gifford Prize in 2018, is receiving renewed attention following the HBO series Chernobyl and the launch of Netflix’s Chernobyl 1986.

What can history teach us if we really are on the brink of a new atomic age? Don’t miss this chilling insight into the dangers of nuclear folly.

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