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Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha

Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha

by Robert A. Jacobs
Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha

Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha

by Robert A. Jacobs


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The Cold War reconsidered as a limited nuclear war
“[A] grimly important analysis of the cold war.”—Andrew Robinson Nature

“Inexorable clarity and care for his fellow humans mark Robert Jacobs's guide to the Cold War as a limited nuclear war, whose harms disfigure any possible future.”—Norma Field, author of In the Realm of a Dying Emperor: Japan at Century’s End
In the fall of 1961, President Kennedy somberly warned Americans about deadly radioactive fallout clouds extending hundreds of miles from H‑bomb detonations, yet he approved ninety‑six US nuclear weapon tests for 1962. Cold War nuclear testing, production, and disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima have exposed millions to dangerous radioactive particles; these millions are the global hibakusha. Many communities continue to be plagued with dire legacies and ongoing risks: sickness and early mortality, forced displacement, uncertainty and anxiety, dislocation from ancestors and traditional lifestyles, and contamination of food sources and ecosystems.
Robert A. Jacobs re‑envisions the history of the Cold War as a slow nuclear war, fought on remote battlegrounds against populations powerless to prevent the contamination of their lands and bodies. His comprehensive account necessitates a profound rethinking of the meaning, costs, and legacies of our embrace of nuclear weapons and technologies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300230338
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/29/2022
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Jacobs is a professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University. He is the co-founder of the Global Hibakusha Project, conducting field research on radiation-affected communities in more than twenty countries.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

List of Abbreviations xxi

Introduction: Irradiated and Invisible 1

Part I Technicalities

1 Hypocenter 21

2 The Particles That Remain 43

Part II People

3 Falling Apart Inside 77

4 Cloaking Contamination 104

Part III Warlords

5 Selecting the Irradiated 151

6 The Cold War Was a Limited Nuclear War 179

Part IV Heirs

7 The Slow-Motion Nuclear War 205

Afterword: Opening Our Eyes 245

Notes 247

Index 307

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