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Dimensions of Survival

Postattack Survival Disparities and National Viability

Published 1966

by Norman A. Hanunian


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A study of the changes that massive nuclear attack might produce in the U.S. societal structure. Eight exemplar attacks, delivering between 800 and 13,200 megatons, are modeled realistically, and survival of well over a score of demographic and economic entities is assessed. Conclusions are that even heavy damage from nuclear attacks is likely to be so distributed as to leave the economy's resource balance, in terms of nationwide aggregates, much as it was beforehand. The agricultural sector, however, will tend to suffer much less damage than other sectors. The impact of nuclear war on society seems much more oppressive when examined in terms of a substantial number of well chosen indicators than when appraised on the basis of some single measure of outcome, such as nationwide mortalities. New insights are furnished by calculations of not only how many people would be killed, but also which people.

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