Book Announcement - Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha

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Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Military History, Peace History / Studies, World History / Studies

Robert A. Jacobs. Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2022.

In the fall of 1961, President Kennedy somberly warned Americans about deadly radioactive fallout clouds extending hundreds of miles from H‑bomb detonations, yet he approved ninety‑six US nuclear weapon tests for 1962. Cold War nuclear testing, production, and disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima have exposed millions to dangerous radioactive particles; these millions are the global hibakusha. Many communities continue to be plagued with dire legacies and ongoing risks: sickness and early mortality, forced displacement, uncertainty and anxiety, dislocation from ancestors and traditional lifestyles, and contamination of food sources and ecosystems.
Robert A. Jacobs re‑envisions the history of the Cold War as a slow nuclear war, fought on remote battlegrounds against populations powerless to prevent the contamination of their lands and bodies. His comprehensive account necessitates a profound rethinking of the meaning, costs, and legacies of our embrace of nuclear weapons and technologies.

Available now in North America. Available in May 2022 in the rest of the world. 


Contact Info: 

Robert (Bo) Jacobs

Hiroshima Peace Institute / Hiroshima City University