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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Nov. 13: History Forum

France, Britain's Cold War information strategies to be discussed.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-26-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s fall History Forum lecture will be presented by visiting assistant professor Jonathan Trutor on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 201.

Trutor will speak on “Informational Deterrence: French and British Government Filemaking for the Nuclear Apocalypse” in a lecture that is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Refreshmens will be served following the presentation.

Trutor will discuss how the burgeoning nuclear arsenals of France and Britain during the height of the Cold War made both nations’ citizens prospective targets in the event of Soviet-Western conflict. Trutor will explain that in order to cope with this grim reality, the French and British information ministries prepared films that introduced the realities of nuclear war to their public. At the same time, they promoted their nuclear weapons and energy programs as a necessary part of public and energy security. Trutor’s lecture will show how these government films expressed the paradoxical desires and insecurities of the French and British governments towards their nuclear deterrents in an age of international anxiety.

Those who want more information about the lecture may contact Tao Peng, Minnesota State Mankato associate professor, by phone at 507-389-1611 or by email at

The History Forum Lecture Series is an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to learn about the latest historical research from local and regional scholars. Lectures are presented twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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