club atomique

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My current book project is a history of the culture and politics of the “French bomb” from 1945-1966. Considering the emergence of the bomb as a national project that was deeply imbricated with the work of empire in the period that followed the Second World War, the project examines the development of French nuclear weapons and the first years of their testing in Algeria. Drawing on a variety of print and audio-visual materials, the book is at once a history of technology, ideas, diplomacy, environments, imperial power, cultural images, sounds, and affects.