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Disarming Doomsday

Disarming Doomsday

The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima

by Becky Alexis-Martin

Series: Radical Geography

A radical geography of nuclear warfare.

***Winner of the L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Prize 2020***

***Shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2020***

Since 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, and 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 indigenous communities and the soldiers that conducted the tests.

For the first time, these complex geographies are tied together. Disarming Doomsday takes us forward, describing how geographers and geotechnology continue to shape nuclear war, and, perhaps, help to prevent it.

Becky-Alexis Martin is a lecturer in Cultural and Political Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the author of Disarming Doomsday (Pluto, 2019).

'What's louder than an atom bomb? The deafening silence that surrounds the apathy our contemporary culture has for the prospect of nuclear annihilation. 'Disarming Doomsday' awakens our sensibilities to the symbolic and actual violence of nuclear war.'

- Simon Springer, author of 'The Anarchist Roots of Geography'

'A true gem - an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of global communities still deeply impacted by atomic technologies. Wonderful for teaching or developing a grounded understanding of this immense history'

- Stephanie A. Malin author of 'The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice'

'An informed and insightful account of contemporary nuclear issues which proposes a geographically-centred analysis of the causes and consequences of nuclear warfare'

- Rachel Woodward, author of 'Military Geographies'

List of Figures and Tables
Series Preface
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

Published by Pluto Press in May 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745339207
eBook ISBN: 9781786804396

135mm x 215mm