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Disarming Doomsday: The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima

Disarming Doomsday: The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima

by Becky Alexis-Martin


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Since before the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, the history of nuclear warfare has been tangled with the spaces and places of scientific research and weapons testing, armament and disarmament, pacifism and proliferation. Nuclear geography gives us the tools to understand these events as well as the extraordinary human cost of nuclear weapons. Disarming Doomsday explores the secret history of nuclear weapons by studying the places they build and tear apart, from Los Alamos to Hiroshima. It looks at the legacy of nuclear imperialism from weapons testing on Christmas Island and across the South Pacific, as well as the lasting harm this has caused to both indigenous communities and the soldiers that were ordered to conduct tests. Tying these complex geographies together for the first time, Disarming Doomsday takes us forward, describing how geographers and geotechnology continue to shape nuclear war and imagining ways to help prevent it in the future.

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ISBN-13: 9780745339207
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 07/15/2019
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Becky-Alexis Martin is a lecturer in Cultural and Political Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Definitions and Abbreviations 1. The Radical Geography of Nuclear Warfare 2. A Secret History 3. The Mystery of the X-Ray Hands 4. After Nuclear Imperialism 5. After Nuclear War 6. Strange Cartographies and War Games 7. Spaces of Irregularity 8. Spaces of Peace 9. Future War Zones

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