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By Gabrielle Hecht

Uranium from Africa has lengthy been a big resource of gas for nuclear strength and atomic guns, together with the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. In 2003, after the notorious "yellow cake from Niger," Africa abruptly turned infamous as a resource of uranium, an element of nuclear guns. yet did that admit Niger, or any of Africa's different uranium-producing international locations, to the opt for society of nuclear states? Does uranium itself count number as a nuclear factor? during this booklet, Gabrielle Hecht lucidly probes the query of what it ability for something--a nation, an item, an undefined, a workplace--to be "nuclear." Hecht exhibits that questions about being nuclear--a country that she calls "nuclearity"--lie on the middle of state-of-the-art worldwide nuclear order and the relationships among "developing international locations" (often former colonies) and "nuclear powers" (often former colonizers). Hecht enters African nuclear worlds, targeting miners and the occupational danger of radiation publicity. may well a mine be a nuclear office if (as in a few South African mines) its radiation degrees went undetected and unmeasured? With this ebook, Hecht is the 1st to place Africa within the nuclear global, and the nuclear international in Africa. through doing so, she remakes our realizing of the nuclear age.

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