広島市立大学 HIROSHIMA and The Nuclear Age
HIROSHIMA and The Nuclear Age
Hiroshima Peace Institute
Associate Professor Robert Jacobs
HPI Professor Kazumi Mizumoto
Takemoto(HPI), Kurashina, Yuasa
(Faculty of International Studies)
1st and 2nd year students, Master's Program
To learn about nuclear history from many different vantage points.
Students will learn about the history of the invention of nuclear weapons, their use in attacking Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the subsequent history of nuclear weapon development, testing and deployment around the world during the Cold War. Special attention will be paid to the interface between nuclear weapon testing and colonialism, and the impact of radiation exposure on civilian populations from nuclear weapons, nuclear material production and nuclear power.
Students will learn about nuclear issues from the vantage points of several different countries and continents.
Finally students will learn about the nuclear dangers that continue into the 21st century after the end of the Cold War.
To understand the complexities of the Nuclear Age both from the perspective of Hiroshima and also the rest of the world
All lectures and reading materials will be in English. Students must have a competent reading and discussion ability in English.
Read all the materials before attending the class and actively participate in all class discussions.
- Class introduction and outline
- The Manhattan Project and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
- The development of nuclear weapons since 1945
- The history of peace culture and antinuclear movements in Hiroshima
- Strategies of nuclear non-proliferation
- Bikini H-bomb tests in 1954 and US/Japan relations
- Anti-nuclear movements and Cold War US policy
- The history of nuclear weapon testing around the world
- Against "Euroshima": Representations of Hiroshima in the German anti-nuclear movement
- Politics of Hiroshima/Nagasaki data after Fukushima
- The role of human beings in radiation science
- Nuclear colonialism and global hibakusha
- Radiological weapons, dirty bombs, and DU munitions
- Nuclear tomorrows
- Final review
Attendance (20%), class participation (20%), and the final project paper (60%)
No text book. Reading materials will be given at the class.
Robert Jacobs is an associate professor working on the social and cultural aspects of nuclear technologies. His work focuses on the experiences of radiation exposed populations, and the representation of nuclear technologies in culutre and art.