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Race, Ethnicity and Nuclear WarRepresentations of Nuclear Weapons and Post-Apocalyptic Worlds$
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Paul Williams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317088

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319792

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Third World Wars and Third-World Wars

Third World Wars and Third-World Wars

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(p.224) 8 Third World Wars and Third-World Wars
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Race, Ethnicity and Nuclear War
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317088.003.0009

This looks back to the literary, scientific and political languages used to represent nuclear weapons since 1945 and considers how these traditions remain visible in early twenty-first-century attitudes towards nuclear weapon possession. It analyzes how the meaning of these representations can be connected to race, ethnicity, nationhood and civilization. In the following discussion of proliferation, the terrorist use of nuclear weapons, and the fictional construction of the Third World as the primal site of World War Three, the focus is on the central contention proffered, debated and challenged throughout this book: that nuclear weapons ‘belong’ to the white Western world.

Keywords:   nuclear weapons, nuclear representations, race, ethnicity, nationhood, civilization, proliferation, whites

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