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‘Navigating Sovereignty Under a Cold War Military Industrial Colonial Complex: US Military Empire and Marshallese Decolonization’ (2015)


As World War II unsettled the global balance of power ushering in a wave of decolonization, the postwar period also saw the expansion of US military imperialism into Micronesia. In this central Pacific region, a new colonial era began rooted in US strategic concerns and mandated under a 1947 United Nations Trusteeship Agreement. During the Cold War, the United States buttressed its nuclear arsenal by testing its deadliest weapons of mass destruction (nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile) in the Marshall Islands, residing on the eastern edge of Micronesia. This weapons testing program would inform Marshallese struggles towards self-determination, ultimately shaping the contours of Marshallese sovereignty as the region achieved formal decolonization through a Compact of Free Association in 1986.

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Authors & Contributors
Vezzosi, Elisabetta
O'Reagan, Douglas Michael
Baxter, Colin F.
Weiss, Linda
Bini, Elisabetta
Peter B. Thompson
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Historical Geography
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University Press
Pen and Sword Books
W. W. Norton & Co.
University Press of Kentucky
University of Pennsylvania Press
Cold War
World War II
Military-Industrial Complex
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Technology and war; technology and the military
Military technology
Seaborg, Glenn T.
Malthus, Thomas Robert
Fermi, Enrico
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
New Deal (1933-1939)
Operation Paperclip
Hanford Nuclear Site (Washington)
World Health Organization (WHO)
United Nations

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