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Pacific concerns: Nuclear weapons and the peace movement in Australia, 19601967


Harvey, K, Pacific concerns: Nuclear weapons and the peace movement in Australia, 1960-1967, The Routledge History of World Peace since 1750, Routledge, CP Peterson, WM Knoblauch and M Loadenthal (ed), New York, pp. 238-248. ISBN 9781138069138 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter explores the early 1960s history of anti-nuclear activism in Australia. It argues that the early developments in Australia helped establish the model for a more sustained campaign against French nuclear testing that gained greater traction, popularity, and governmental support in the early 1970s. The chapter examines the evolution of key concepts of public health and environmental thought to the Australian peace movement, and how this movement attempted to utilize these ideas in its limited engagement with the Pacific. This early history of anti-nuclear activism occupies a key place within the historiography of the broader "peace movement" in Australia, especially because the existing literature contains few studies that specifically examine the role and significance of nuclear weapons to Australian peace organizations. Growing ideas about environmentalism, public health, and the dangers of nuclear testing for the peoples of the Pacific began to stimulate a new direction for Australian anti-nuclear activism.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, peace movement, pacific, nuclear testing
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Harvey, K (Dr Kyle Harvey)
ID Code:128652
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-10-04
Last Modified:2020-01-29

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