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By Kate Hudson

A desirable and well timed examine an archetypal campaigning employer. released to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. makes use of interviews with key figures and grassroots activists to relate the highs and lows of 5 many years of CND. From the mass protests at Aldermaston and Greenham universal to years while it had only a 'shoebox-full' of contributors, CND - Now greater than Ever is determined to be the definitive background of CND. utilizing first hand money owed from activists stretching again to its starting place in 1958 in addition to interviews with sufferers of nuclear fallout, Hudson explores the beginning of our nuclear global and descriptions the nuclear difficulties that also face us at the present time. unlawful wars, NATO enlargement and America's 'Son of celebrity Wars' all upload as much as one truth: CND is required. certainly it's wanted now greater than ever.

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Britain’s role in the world Yet the great promise of the postwar world was blighted by continuing inequalities, uneven economic development and the threat of war and nuclear annihilation. There were also other factors specific to Britain that made for a less certain and perhaps more anxious and questioning society; firstly, with regard to Britain’s role in the world. Britain emerged from World War II extremely economically weakened and very reliant on the US. One of the key goals of the US in the postwar period was to open up the world economy to US trade – the famous ‘open door’ policy that would access widespread markets to sustain and expand its economic position.

This decision seemed to indicate that mass expressions of strongly held public sentiment could indeed have an impact on government policy making. 5 However, there was a short-term negative side to this decision. Each of the three nuclear weapons states, the US, the Soviet Union and the UK, engaged in a flurry of testing prior to the cut-off date. The extent of these was such that towards the end of October 1958, the radiation level in Los Angeles was 52 CND Book 1/7/05 10:08 am Page 53 Aldermaston and the early radicalism 120 times greater than usual.

56 Aneurin Bevan, who was then shadow foreign minister, spoke against the resolution on behalf of the Labour Party National Executive. 57 Supported by the trade unions, Bevan won the vote, defeating the resolution by a margin of 7 to 1. As Tony Benn reports: In 1957, at the Labour Conference in Brighton, the question of Britain’s nuclear weapons came up for debate on a motion from Norwood CLP and Nye Bevan rose to speak 42 CND Book 1/7/05 10:08 am Page 43 The origins of our nuclear world and to the amazement of his followers on the Left he denounced the Unilateralist Resolution and said that, if passed, Britain ‘would go naked into the conference chamber’, arguing that we had to retain our nuclear armoury in order to have any say in future international disarmament negotiations.

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