By Gabrielle Hecht

Uranium from Africa has lengthy been an enormous 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 all of sudden grew to become infamous as a resource of uranium, an element of nuclear guns. yet did that admit Niger, or any of Africa's different uranium-producing nations, to the pick out society of nuclear states? Does uranium itself count number as a nuclear factor? during this ebook, Gabrielle Hecht lucidly probes the query of what it potential for something--a nation, an item, an undefined, a workplace--to be "nuclear." Hecht indicates that questions on being nuclear--a country that she calls "nuclearity"--lie on the middle of ultra-modern international nuclear order and the relationships among "developing international locations" (often former colonies) and "nuclear powers" (often former colonizers). Hecht enters African nuclear worlds, concentrating on 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 booklet, Hecht is the 1st to place Africa within the nuclear international, and the nuclear global in Africa. through doing so, she remakes our figuring out of the nuclear age.

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