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Encyclopedia > Nuclear holocaust

Nuclear Holocaust is the concept of the eradication of the human race through the means of Nuclear warfare. This article is about nuclear war as a form of actual warfare, including history. ...


The term "Nuclear Holocaust" compares the possible all-out nuclear war to the Holocaust, an event in which at least six million of Europe's Jewish population as well as about 5 million other "racially inferior" or "undesirable" minority groups were systematically exterminated. In a Nuclear Holocaust, potentially, the majority of human life on Earth would either be killed outright or die due to fallout effects and/or disease. Concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust The Holocaust was Nazi Germanys systematic genocide (ethnic cleansing) of various ethnic, religious, national, and secular groups during World War II. Early elements include the Kristallnacht pogrom and the T-4 Euthanasia Program established by Hitler that killed some 200,000 people. ... Map of hypothetical fallout dispersal after a large-scale nuclear attack against the United States. ...


It is disputed, however, how many would really die (be killed directly or by radiation) and thus the theme is widely used in dystopian fiction books and films. Throughout the Cold War, Nuclear Holocaust was something most people were afraid of and it seemed to be very possible. After the Collapse of the Soviet Union, however, the topic became less used. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Cold War was the period of protracted conflict and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and their allies from the late 1940s until the late 1980s. ... The rise of Gorbachev Although reform stalled between 1964–1982, the generational shift gave new momentum for reform. ...

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Examples of Nuclear Holocaust in Fiction

Books

The Chrysalids (U.S. title: Re-Birth) is a science fiction novel (ISBN 0-7487-4286-7) by John Wyndham, first published in 1955. ... John Wyndham (July 10, 1903 – March 11, 1969) was the pen name used by the often post-apocalyptic British science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. ... On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world novel written by British author Nevil Shute after he had emigrated to Australia. ... Nevil Shute (London, January 17, 1899 – Melbourne, January 12, 1960) (full name Nevil Shute Norway) was one of the most popular novelists of the mid-20th century. ... Z for Zachariah is a novel that depicts the events after a nuclear war, as told in first person perspective by a girl who survives the event. ... In 1982, was made into an animated film, The Secret of NIMH. The movie was based on the book. ...

Music

Ride the Lightning is Metallicas second album, released November 16, 1984 on Elektra Records // Impact and Acclaim Though often overshadowed by its groundbreaking predecessor Kill Em All and classic follow-up Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning was the vital bridge between these two albums, pushing the thrash metal... Metallica is an American heavy metal band, formed on October 28, 1981. ... For the album by Marshmallow Coast, see Ride the Lightning. ...

Films

Crimson Tide is a 1995 Hollywood submarine film starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman and directed by Tony Scott. ... The Day After is an American TV-movie which aired on November 20, 1983 on the ABC network. ... It has been suggested that World War IV be merged into this article or section. ... Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Damnation Alley is a 1977 film, directed by Jack Smight, loosely based on the novel by Roger Zelazny of the same name. ... It has been suggested that World War IV be merged into this article or section. ... For the hit 1987 single by Depeche Mode, see the album Music for the Masses Film poster for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 satirical film directed by Stanley Kubrick. ... On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world novel written by British author Nevil Shute after he had emigrated to Australia. ... This article is about the 1983 US movie. ... It has been suggested that World War IV be merged into this article or section. ... Mad Max is an Australian apocalyptic science fiction film starring Mel Gibson which was first released in Australia in 1979, and internationally in 1980. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, director, and producer. ...

Games

  • Blast Corps, about a destruction crew that must clear the way for a nuclear payload or the result would be nuclear winter.
  • Fallout, a classic groundbreaking RPG set in a post-nuclear Earth.

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