The Nuclear Victims You Don’t Know About

Dr. Robert Jacobs has a new paper in the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (November 2013). His paper looks at the populations who live in the areas selected by the countries who did the bulk of the atomic bomb testing. These populations live with the result of multiple atomic bombs being detonated nearby. HIs paper looks at the ways these countries selected the populations that would be on the receiving end of their atomic testing.

From the introduction to the paper:

The history of nuclear weapon testing by the major nuclear powers during the Cold War is intimately tied to the history of military colonialism in the 20th century. For each of the first five nuclear powers (U.S., USSR, UK, France, and China) the process of selecting a site for nuclear weapon testing was driven more by the location of a small group of politically marginalized people unable to object to being exposed to dangerous levels of radioactive fallout, to the loss of their homes, and the contamination of the land and seas providing their primary food sources, than it was by scientific and military requirements. Invariably these populations were constituted of people of a different racial, ethnic or religious group than that of the colonial power. This article examines the selection of nuclear test sites for each of the five major nuclear powers both in the reaches of their military empires and their own domestic landmasses

The entire paper can be found online at the journal

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