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Z For Zachariah – An Introduction To Nuclear

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Published on March 13, 2008

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An introduction to nuclear war and the novel Z for Zachariah
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Z for Zachariah – An Introduction to Nuclear War

Some introductory facts on nuclear weapons Developed by U.S.A during World War II – the “Manhatten Project” Two types – atomic (nuclear fission) and the more powerful hydrogen (nuclear fussion, the same way the sun produces energy) Only time used in combat was against Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug 6 and 9, 1945. The act that ended World War II in the Pacific. 220,000 people dead. Currently there are 8 countries who possess nuclear weapons: USA, Russia, U.K, France, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea

Developed by U.S.A during World War II – the “Manhatten Project”

Two types – atomic (nuclear fission) and the more powerful hydrogen (nuclear fussion, the same way the sun produces energy)

Only time used in combat was against Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug 6 and 9, 1945. The act that ended World War II in the Pacific. 220,000 people dead.

Currently there are 8 countries who possess nuclear weapons: USA, Russia, U.K, France, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea

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The Cold War The Cold War was the protracted struggle that emerged after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union. It ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was named the Cold War because open hostilities never occurred between the U.S and the Soviet Union. Instead, the war took the form of an arms race (both nuclear and conventional weapons), networks of alliances, economic warfare and trade embargos, propaganda, espionage and proxy wars, especially those involving support for opposing sides in civil wars. The greatest fear during the Cold War was the risk it could escalate into a full nuclear exchange with hundreds of millions killed. The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 was the closest the world came to nuclear war. Vs.

The Cold War was the protracted struggle that emerged after World War II between the United States and the Soviet Union. It ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

It was named the Cold War because open hostilities never occurred between the U.S and the Soviet Union. Instead, the war took the form of an arms race (both nuclear and conventional weapons), networks of alliances, economic warfare and trade embargos, propaganda, espionage and proxy wars, especially those involving support for opposing sides in civil wars.

The greatest fear during the Cold War was the risk it could escalate into a full nuclear exchange with hundreds of millions killed. The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 was the closest the world came to nuclear war.

Where does Z for Zachariah fit into all of this? Z for Zachariah by Robert C O’Brien was first published posthumously in 1975. Cold War tensions were at their height. It is told from the first person perspective of a 16 year old girl named Ann Burden who has survived a nuclear war. Living alone in a valley, the land outside of which is barren, she thinks herself to be the only person still alive until one day someone in a strange suit climbs over the ridge into the valley…

Z for Zachariah by Robert C O’Brien was first published posthumously in 1975. Cold War tensions were at their height.

It is told from the first person perspective of a 16 year old girl named Ann Burden who has survived a nuclear war.

Living alone in a valley, the land outside of which is barren, she thinks herself to be the only person still alive until one day someone in a strange suit climbs over the ridge into the valley…

Where do we fit in? New Zealand – Proudly Nuclear Free! Law enacted in 1984 to make NZ a Nuclear Free Zone. An important step towards NZ becoming a mature, independent nation. Is now part of our national identity. After WWII Aotearoa allied itself most closely with its Pacific friend, the USA. Australia, NZ and the U.S form ANZUS. The Pentagon was enraged when we had the cheek to reject U.S nuclear warships and weapons and declare ourselves nuclear – free. Our plucky determination became ‘flavour of the month’ everywhere. It put us on the international map and we have been batting above average in international forums ever since The Rainbow Warrior sunk by French spies on July 10, 1985. Had been protesting French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean

Law enacted in 1984 to make NZ a Nuclear Free Zone. An important step towards NZ becoming a mature, independent nation. Is now part of our national identity.

After WWII Aotearoa allied itself most closely with its Pacific friend, the USA. Australia, NZ and the U.S form ANZUS.

The Pentagon was enraged when we had the cheek to reject U.S nuclear warships and weapons and declare ourselves nuclear – free. Our plucky determination became ‘flavour of the month’ everywhere. It put us on the international map and we have been batting above average in international forums ever since

The Rainbow Warrior sunk by French spies on July 10, 1985. Had been protesting French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean

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