Nuclear Energy: Global Origins of Energy Resource Management in the Atomic Age
Global Perspectives from the CIA Archives

Quick Facts

  • A fully searchable digitized collection of primary source documents related to nuclear power
  • Unique international sources chronicle the development of nuclear technology from 1957 to 1995
  • A wealth of information for numerous STEM and humanities disciplines.


The launch of the world’s first nuclear power plants and the growing threat of the Cold War in the 1950s thrust nuclear energy to the forefront of the world’s consciousness, laying the foundation for the Atomic Age. Nuclear Energy: Global Origins of Energy Resource Management in the Atomic Age is a fully searchable digitized collection that chronicles the history and impact of nuclear technology as it was developed, offering valuable insight for students and researchers in a variety of disciplines.

A comprehensive archive of media and research
Between 1957 and 1995, the Central Intelligence Agency collected media from around the world and translated it into English, including tens of thousands of journal articles, government publications, newspapers, magazines, and transcribed television and radio broadcasts. These primary source documents capture the rapid pace of nuclear development, as well as the role that public opinion played in nuclear energy management during the field’s most formative decades. After the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, for instance, criticism of nuclear energy rose, which led to a worldwide decline in its use.

Applications across STEM and humanities disciplines
From the politics of nuclear proliferation to the promise of carbon-free energy, from devastating humanitarian disasters to stunning scientific advances, nuclear power has shaped the world we live in. Nuclear Energy: Global Origins of Energy Resource Management in the Atomic Age is the most comprehensive archive of primary source material related to all aspects of nuclear power, offering English translations of academic articles, media reports and government analysis that are unavailable elsewhere. Students and researchers across a broad range of disciplines, including STEM and Humanities, will find myriad applications for this material. And Readex’s intuitive online interface enables researchers to easily browse the collections by a broad range of topics, each providing highly relevant results for users at all levels

A Global Origins of Modern Science and Technology collection
In addition to Nuclear Energy: Global Origins of Energy Resource Management in the Atomic Age, closely related collections also derived from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency include Aeronautics and Space Flight: Global Origins of Modern Aviation and Rocketry; Computing and Artificial Intelligence: Global Origins of the Digital Age; Climate Science and Sustainability: Global Origins of Modern Environmentalism; and Morality and Science: Global Origins of Modern Bioethics.

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