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'Deadly Serious About the Bomb': Australian Women’s Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1945-1965.

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posted on 2023-04-28, 04:16 authored by HANNAH GRACE VINEY
This thesis traces the history of Australian women’s protest against nuclear weapons in the early Cold War. The 1950s and early 1960s saw a small but determined group of women take to the streets or pick up a pen to campaign for nuclear disarmament. This thesis focuses on identity-construction and the ways in which women’s activism was, and is, inexorably enmeshed with their internal and external lives. Through such an analysis, this thesis demonstrates how women forged a space for themselves in the highly gendered Cold War political climate and firmly situates women at the forefront of Cold War analysis.


Principal supervisor

Christina Twomey

Additional supervisor 1

Kate Murphy

Additional supervisor 2

Agnieszka Sobocinska

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Department, School or Centre

School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts