THE NATIONS: Two v. the Atom

In the changing world of the atom, everything suddenly changed. Statesmen strove to raise the atomic debate from the depths of frightened nationalism to the heights of a new internationalism. Two British spokesmen, Winston Churchill and Ernest Bevin (see FOREIGN NEWS) strove to bend that internationalism to the uses of a strengthened Anglo-American power alignment, and Clement Attlee tried to sell both ideas to Harry Truman (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS).

Big One, Little Two? Between them, Churchill and Bevin sped Attlee to Washington with the clearest statement yet of British purposes. The British...