Nuclear Disarmament

There are three important groups of peace activists discussed in the two case studies presented here: the Pugwash Movement, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Committee of 100. There were, of course, many other groups throughout the world which also opposed nuclear weapons. An influential Canadian group was the Toronto Association for Peace – see the case study Working for Peace: Eva Sanderson and the Toronto Association for Peace, 1958-1972 under the theme Women for Peace.

“Remember your humanity, and forget the rest”: The Russell-Einstein Manifesto and the Pugwash Movement

On 23 December 1954 Bertrand Russell delivered a BBC radio broadcast entitled 'Man’s Peril' [audio 1. below]. It was one of his best known essays and undoubtedly the most celebrated of his many broadcasts for the BBC. Drawing on the expert testimony of scientists and military strategists, he painted a grim picture of the material and human destruction likely to be wrought by nuclear warfare. Yet the gloom and foreboding of his rhetoric was punctuated by a guarded optimism that 'Man’s Peril' could somehow be averted.

Related Images

“Fused, Fizzing, and Ready to Go Off”: Bertrand Russell Takes to the Streets

Not long before his eighty-sixth birthday in 1958, when most old people are content to sit in comfortable chairs and perhaps take quiet walks, Bertrand Russell launched a movement that would eventually send thousands of marchers into the streets of Britain.

Related Images


Subscribe to RSS - Nuclear Disarmament