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Rethinking the American Antinuclear Movement

Paul Rubinson (Bridgewater State University, MA, USA)



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02 February 2018
The massive movement against nuclear weapons began with the invention of the atomic bomb in 1945 and lasted throughout the Cold War. Antinuclear protesters of all sorts mobilized in defiance of the move toward nuclear defense in the wake of the Cold War. They influenced U.S. politics, resisting the mindset of nuclear deterrence and mutually-assured destruction. The movement challenged Cold War militarism and restrained leaders who wanted to rely almost exclusively on nuclear weapons for national security. Ultimately, a huge array of activists decided that nuclear weapons made the country less secure, and that, through testing and radioactive fallout, they harmed the very people they were supposed to protect. Rethinking the American Antinuclear Movement provides a short, accessible overview of this important social and political movement, highlighting key events and figures, the strengths and weaknesses of the activists, and its lasting effects on the country. It is perfect for anyone wanting to obtain an introduction to the American antinuclear movement and the massive reach of this transnational concern.
By:   Paul Rubinson (Bridgewater State University MA USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   703g
ISBN:   9781138856851
ISBN 10:   1138856851
Series:   American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century
Pages:   164
Publication Date:   02 February 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. The Birth of the Bomb, 1933-1945 2. The Cold War and Challenges to the Bomb, 1945-1949 3. The H-bomb and its Discontents, 1950-1963 4. Apathy and Rebirth, 1963-1979 5. Resistance, 1980-1991 6. Nuclear Weapons and the Movement after the Cold War, 1992 to the Present

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