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The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War

Edward Jones-Imhotep


Natures and technologies have long been central to the making of modern nations. Only recently, however, have scholars seen nations as sites where the very understandings of the “natural” and the “technological” were articulated, contested, and remade in the interests of the nation. This book examines the role of technological failure in crafting both national identities and the distinctive natures that support them. Focusing on the mid-twentieth-century attempt to extend reliable radio communications to the Canadian North, it explores how a group of Canadian defense scientists sought to visua ... More

Keywords: technological failure, Canada, North, Cold War, hostile, environment, natural order, national identity, radio communications, vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036511
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Jones-Imhotep, author
York University