Britain, Australia and the Bomb

The Nuclear Tests and their Aftermath

by Lorna Arnold, Mark Smith

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  • 0230627331
  • 9781403921017
  • 9780230627338
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.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; September 2006
  • ISBN: 9780230627338
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  • Title: Britain, Australia and the Bomb
  • Author: Lorna Arnold; Mark Smith
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0230627331
  • 9781403921017
  • 9780230627338

In The Press


'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

About The Author

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.