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Hydrogen Bomb and the Arms Race
Transcript of Hydrogen Bomb and the Arms Race
What is a Hydrogen Bomb? A hydrogen bomb is a weapon deriving a large portion of its energy from the nuclear fusion of hydrogen isotopes. What was the Arms Race? The nuclear arms race was a competition for supremacy in nuclear warfare between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their respective allies during the Cold War. Cold War Each side tried their best to create nuclear weapons as fast as they could.
The Americans detonated the first bomb on November 1, 1952
The USSR detonated one in August of 1953
Since both sides were creating bombs, each side also began to create a defensive system against them. Defense Systems Both sides created radar arrays.
Built large underground bunkers for special people.
Regular people were told to build "fallout shelters". Nuclear Stockpiles Post Cold War After the war, both sides reduced their nuclear stockpiles.
Both sides also tried to clean up the sites of the testing.
Some places today are still damaged from uranium use. Presentation by Jared Spencer
U.S. History Honors