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The British and French government during the 1950s and 1960s conducted major nuclear testing in the pacific region which had affected the lives of many It is important to note why did the both of these nations conduct such tests on foreign soil Thus this essay will explore the different perspectives of why such nuclear experiments were conducted the attitude displayed by the victims and governments involved and more important the environmental and health impact it caused Without a doubt even today the nuclear threat is not far from over As stated by William EBurrows and Robert Windrem in their book Critical Mass state The proliferation of super weapons is now the most dangerous specter facing this planet In the 1950s the Australian government had permitted the British to develop a nuclear weapons program in Australia In 1952 the British government detonated Hurricane a twenty-five kilo tonne nuclear weapon above the ocean The British nuclear testing in Maralinga included many so called minor tests which consisted of about five-hundred experiments during 1952 to 1963 These included for example the crashing of aero planes with nuclear weapons on board or according to Australian archive documents at Scotlands Dundee University twenty-four Australian servicemen tested different types of clothing to find out what protection they offered against radiation It is easy to view that the British government reason that they were only conducting experiments of nuclear weapons on objects and things however their attitude to such testing was not acceptable or appropriate In 1957 the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan stated We have made a successful start When the nuclear tests are completed as they soon will be we shall be in the same position as the United States or Soviet Russia We shall have made and tested the massive weapons It will be possible then to discuss on equal terms This quote shows us the pressure that the British government felt of being behind the
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