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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Varanasi, India and the Ganges River

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Night, early morning, and daytime shots of the Ganges and the ghats along the banks of the river. Boats at docks and being rowed. People washing clothes, bathing, and praying in the Ganges. People and donkeys on the steps of the ghats. Street scenes of Varanasi with buses, cars, many people on bicycles, and pedestrians. Store fronts and stalls. Outside of the city, shots of girls carrying baskets of crops on their heads, and boys herding livestock. Mother and child picking vegetables in a field.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Varanasi, India and the Ganges River

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The first atomic explosion in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, changed the world forever. This series chronicles these changes and the history of a new era. It traces the development of nuclear weapons, the evolution of nuclear strategy, and the politics of a world with the power to destroy itself.

In thirteen one-hour programs that combine historic footage and recent interviews with key American, Soviet, and European participants, the nuclear age unfolds: the origin and evolution of nuclear weapons; the people of the past who have shaped the events of the present; the ideas and issues that political leaders, scientists, and the public at large must confront, and the prospects for the future. Nuclear Age highlights the profound changes in contemporary thinking imposed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Series release date: 1/1989



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Rites and ceremonies
Global Affairs
War and Conflict
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Varanasi, India and the Ganges River,” 02/20/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FAD5BE1CBF83458FBDF3086675ECD0D4.
MLA: “War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Varanasi, India and the Ganges River.” 02/20/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FAD5BE1CBF83458FBDF3086675ECD0D4>.
APA: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; Varanasi, India and the Ganges River. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FAD5BE1CBF83458FBDF3086675ECD0D4
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