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Savage Perils : Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (Paperback)

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Revisiting the racial origins of the conflict between civilization? and savagery? in twentieth-century America

The atomic age brought the Bomb and spawned stories of nuclear apocalypse to remind us of impending doom. As Patrick Sharp reveals, those stories had their origins well before Hiroshima, reaching back to Charles Darwin and America?s frontier.

In Savage Perils, Sharp examines the racial underpinnings of American culture, from the early industrial age to the Cold War. He explores the influence of Darwinism, frontier nostalgia, and literary modernism on the history and representations of nuclear weaponry. Taking into account such factors as anthropological race theory and Asian immigration, he charts the origins of a worldview that continues to shape our culture and politics.

Sharp dissects Darwin?s arguments regarding the struggle between civilization? and savagery,? theories that fueled future-war stories ending in Anglo dominance in Britain and influenced Turnerian visions of the frontier in America. Citing George W. Bush?s Axis of Evil,? Sharp argues that many Americans still believe in the racially charged opposition between civilization and savagery, and consider the possibility of nonwhite savages? gaining control of technology the biggest threat in the war on terror.? His insightful book shows us that this conflict is but the latest installment in an ongoing saga that has been at the heart of American identity from the beginningand that understanding it is essential if we are to eradicate racist mythologies from American life.


Publisher Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Mfg Part# 9780806143064
SKU 228534595
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0806143061
Release Date 7/17/2012
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0270
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
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