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The Peace Movement in Historical Perspective; Conversation with  Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling; 1/18/83 by Harry Kreisler
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This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas. Dr. Linus Pauling received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.

  1. Background ... scientific work during World War II ... reaction to dropping of the atomic bomb ... first public speeches on world peace
  2. The Role of Ava Helen Pauling in Linus Pauling's Peace Work ... the FBI visits Dr. Pauling ... Ava's decisive influence ... her background
  3. Public Criticism and Peace Activism ... acceptance of rational deterrent ... falsely accused of seeking total disarmament ... author of first petition against atmospheric testing
  4. The Test Ban Treaty ... leading a movement ... invitation to the White House ... conversation with Mrs. Kennedy ... loss of President Kennedy
  5. Science versus Politics: The Arms Race ... dangerous level of stockpiles ... action/reaction and the spiral of fear
  6. Science versus Politics: Moving beond Militarism ... dangers of nuclear war ... militarism and the failure to solve real problems ... importance of hope
  7. Science and Morality ... role of scientists in the peace movement ... peace research ... science and weapons research
  8. Conclusion ... government and dissent ... loyalty to the state versus loyalty to humanity ... anticommunism and the peace movement

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