Better Active than Radioactive!: Anti-Nuclear Protest in 1970s France and West Germany

  title={Better Active than Radioactive!: Anti-Nuclear Protest in 1970s France and West Germany},
  author={Andrew Tompkins},
Andrew Tompkins’ book, Better Active than Radioactive!, sets out to examine anti-nuclear protest in the 1970s in a comparative framework. His focus on anti-nuclear activists in France and West Germany leads him to argue that transnational cooperation and interconnection in the anti-nuclear movement was much more marked that we traditionally assume. He suggests that scholarship in this area has largely viewed opposition to civil nuclear energy through the lens of national jurisdictions, and that… 

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