Resisting the Bomb continues the story, begun in the award-winning
One World or None, of humanity's efforts to avert nuclear
destruction. Beginning with the catastrophic atmospheric nuclear
weapons tests of 1954, it describes the gradual development of a
grassroots, worldwide movement for nuclear disarmament. By the late
1950's and early 1960's, this campaign had taken on mass dimensions
in many nations, with antinuclear protests simultaneously drawing
hundreds of thousands of people in dozens of countries.
The movement engaged the efforts of some of the world's most
prominent and revered intellectuals, such as Albert Schweitzer and
Bertrand Russell, and had a substantial impact on major political,
labor, and religious groups, as well as on public opinion. Even
within the relatively closed confines of Communist countries,
antinuclear activities emerged and exerted pressure on public
officials. As a result, the public policy of numerous countries
began to shift away from a reliance upon nuclear war and toward
curbing the nuclear arms race -- a process that culminated in the
partial test ban treaty, the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and
other arms control measures of the 1960's.
This is the first comprehensive account of worldwide nuclear
disarmament activism and its consequences during these years. The
book is based on extensive research, in fifteen countries, on more
than a hundred peace groups and government agencies. Many of the
documents -- such as those drawn from the files of the U.S. State
Department, the Atomic Energy Authority of Great Britain, and the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union --
were until recently classified as top secret. Now,together with
personal interviews and material drawn from peace movement
periodicals, they contribute to a vivid panorama of the global
antinuclear campaign and provide startling revelations about the
efforts of government officials to repress, contain, and, finally,
accommodate to popular protest.
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