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Grappling with the Bomb: Britain’s Pacific H-Bomb Tests by Nic Maclellan (review)

Grappling with the Bomb: Britain’s Pacific H-Bomb Tests by Nic Maclellan (review) book and media reviews 627 experiences they present, the fact The book title is a play on Operation remains that each story was transfor- Grapple, codename for the British mative in itself. Living Kinship in the military operation that involved nine Pacific offers an important and unique nuclear tests between May 1957 way of understanding the region and and September 1958 and exposed its communities through its sharp i-Kiribati (Gilbertese) laborers and conceptualization of the often vast and civilians, Fijian soldiers, Māori and layered worlds of kinship. Exploring nonindigenous New Zealanders, these worlds through clear case stud- British service members, and others to ies offers readers a largely accessible dangerous levels of radiation despite pathway into the complexities and British claims to the contrary. In nuances of kinship and surrounding approximately 350 pages, the book issues. This volume proves a valuable brings together previously published addition to resources for students work and new archival research and of Pacific studies and, more specifi- interviews with governmental officials, cally, for both aspiring and seasoned survivors, and family members to researchers heading into the region to paint a multiperspective account of engage with communities and their British nuclear testing, the health stories. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Grappling with the Bomb: Britain’s Pacific H-Bomb Tests by Nic Maclellan (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 32 (2) – Dec 11, 2020

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Abstract

book and media reviews 627 experiences they present, the fact The book title is a play on Operation remains that each story was transfor- Grapple, codename for the British mative in itself. Living Kinship in the military operation that involved nine Pacific offers an important and unique nuclear tests between May 1957 way of understanding the region and and September 1958 and exposed its communities through its sharp i-Kiribati (Gilbertese) laborers and conceptualization of the often vast and civilians, Fijian soldiers, Māori and layered worlds of kinship. Exploring nonindigenous New Zealanders, these worlds through clear case stud- British service members, and others to ies offers readers a largely accessible dangerous levels of radiation despite pathway into the complexities and British claims to the contrary. In nuances of kinship and surrounding approximately 350 pages, the book issues. This volume proves a valuable brings together previously published addition to resources for students work and new archival research and of Pacific studies and, more specifi- interviews with governmental officials, cally, for both aspiring and seasoned survivors, and family members to researchers heading into the region to paint a multiperspective account of engage with communities and their British nuclear testing, the health stories.

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 11, 2020

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