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When is a Nuclear Test Actually an Attack? Cold War Nuclear Testing and Downwind Fallout Clouds

I was unable to attend the SHOT conference in New Orleans last week, and so I sent in my presentation via Vimeo. I'm posting it here for anyone who wants to see it.The title is, "When is a nuclear test actually an attack: Cold War nuclear testing and downwind fallout clouds." I argue that radioactive fallout from nuclear detonations, especially of thermonuclear weapons (H-bombs) was strategized as a means of attacking enemy combatants and populations in imagined #nuclear war scenarios, but when

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Book Talk October 19

I'll be presenting a book talk on Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha online on October 19 (US), as part of the East Asia by the Book! series hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. My good friend and former colleague Dr. Hiroko Takahashi will be Discussant. We are really honored to have the event hosted by the esteemed Dr. Norma Fields. I'll give a presentation outlining the major arguments and findings of the book. These

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Nuclear Bodies Book Talks Fall 2022

I'll be giving a few book talks this fall in the US and Canada, and a few in the spring in Europe. Coming up in September and October 2022:September 16: University of British Columbia September 22: Pomona CollegeOctober 19: University of ChicagoAdditional details about each talk and links can be found on the events page of the Nuclear Bodies webpage

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Allied Troops Prepared for Radiological Warfare on D-Day

Long before the completion of a working nuclear weapon by the United States at the end of World War Two, the United States contemplated the use of radioactive materials in warfare.From my book Nuclear Bodies:In a meeting of the Subcommittee of the S-1 Executive Committee (formerly the Uranium Committee of the US government’s Office of Scientific Research and Development) in October 1943, several of the top scientists overseeing the Manhattan Project considered methods of weaponizing radioactive

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New Books Network Interview on Nuclear Bodies

I had a conversation with Ran Zwigenberg of Penn State University about Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha on the New Books Network. You can listen to the interview on any podcast app, or you can listen online at the New Books site here. Ran is a great scholar and also a good friend, and so the discussion is engaged and

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Global Hibakusha Article Up at The Asia-Pacific Journal / Japan Focus

I've just published a article which provides an overview to my new book, Nuclear Bodies. The article is simply titled, "Global Hibakusha," and can be found on the website of The Asia-Pacific Journal / Japan Focus. The article gives a quick overview of the structure and arguments of the book. It also has many of the short videos I produced on the book's themes embedded in the article itself. You can read the article here.You can find the website for Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakushai here.The

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