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This is the unique story of British nuclear testing in Australia during the 1950s. Britain's fist atomic test took place on Australian soil, and a further eleven explosions and a number of minor trials were made over the following decade. Updated from the original edition published in 1987, this new edition includes fresh material declassified from the national archives to give a fuller and richer picture of the test programme. New information has been added on the nature of the weapons being tested and the inter-relationship with the H-bomb tests at Christmas Island, together with two entirely new chapters on the contemporary controversies over the health of test veterans and the clean-up of the old test-range at Maralinga.
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'This compelling book gives an authoritative and admirably lucid account of British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and provides an invaluable guide to the environmental and health consequences of those tests. It is very good to have it reissued and brought up to date.' - David Holloway, Stanford University, USA
'It is written in a very clear and readable style, and is well worth reading for interest alone...It provides an essential and authoritative reference for anyone seriously interested in the nuclear tests and the subsequent controversies' - Professor Chris Hamer, Journal of Contemporary History
LORNA ARNOLD OBE is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary British History. She is author of Britain and the H-Bomb (2001) and Windscale 1957: Anatomy of a Nuclear Accident.
MARK SMITH works in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Wales, Swansea, UK, where he specializes in British nuclear history and ballistic missile proliferation. Prior to arriving at Swansea, he was a Research Fellow at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, University of Southampton, UK.
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Soft cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. In 1947, Britain decided that it must possess nuclear weapons. Unlike the US and the USSR, it did not have the vast empty spaces in which to conduct the tests that would be necessary to develop these weapons. The solution was found in Australia. "Britain, Australia and the Bomb", first published in 1987, tells the story of that unique partnership. This new edition includes fresh evidence about the weapons under development, the effects of the tests on participants, and the recent clean-up of the testing range. Condition: the book's back cover has a prominent stain. Otherwise, the covers are in very good condition, with some mild crinkling around the edges. The edges of the book show some mild crinkling and staining. The interior pages are generally crisp and clean with a good strong binding. Location: HD_101038968 B6 NB because of the high price of this book there will be an extra postage charge. Seller Inventory # 016203