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International Dimensions of Anti-Nuclear Activism


Peterson, CP and Harvey, K and Knoblauch, WM, International Dimensions of Anti-Nuclear Activism, The Oxford Handbook of Peace History, Oxford University Press, CF Howlett, CP Peterson, D Buffton, and DL Hostetter (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9780197549087 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197549087.013.32


This chapter explores how opposition to nuclear weapons has evolved since 1945. Looking at local, national, and international efforts of anti-nuclear activists, it investigates the various ways civil society has lobbied, educated, and protested as they advocated solutions to the dangers of the development, testing, and potential use of nuclear weapons. This is a history rooted in the national and international politics of the Cold War; yet the impact of nuclear weapons extends to the present. Canvassing national and transnational activism in the United States, western Europe, India, New Zealand, and Australia, this chapter considers how individuals, organizations, and campaigns engaged in various forms of activism as they sought different solutions to the dangers of nuclear weapons. It looks at how campaigners explored the political, diplomatic, military, economic, technological, and social influences that shape how nuclear weapons have been perceived around the world, and how solutions to their control have been campaigned for, dissected, and abandoned. Over time, individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds have explored how to confront the world’s nuclear powers; largely, thus far, most have been unable to dismantle our nuclear arsenals.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:nuclear weapons, peace movement, protest, activism
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:154673
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2022-12-21
Last Modified:2023-03-10

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