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Race, Ethnicity and Nuclear War: Representations of Nuclear Weapons and Post-Apocalyptic Worlds

Paul Williams


This book explores how writers, thinkers and filmmakers have answered the following question: are nuclear weapons ‘white’? Many texts respond in the affirmative, and arraign nuclear weapons for defending a racial order that privileges whiteness. They are seen as a reminder that the power enjoyed by the white western world imperils the whole of the Earth. Furthermore, the struggle to survive during and after a speculated nuclear attack is often cast as a contest between races and ethnic groups. This book listens to voices from around the Anglophone world and the debates followed do not only tak ... More

Keywords: nuclear weapons, Anglophone world, Manhattan Project, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, nuclear tests, ethnic groups, whiteness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846317088
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846319792


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Williams, author