From Greenham Common to Red Square: women for life on Earth and cross-bloc activism in the 1980s

Barnett, NJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8814-0419 2022, 'From Greenham Common to Red Square: women for life on Earth and cross-bloc activism in the 1980s' , Contemporary British History, 36 (3) , pp. 459-481.

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Abstract

This article examines how the activist group Women for Life on Earth (WFLOE) attempted to persuade the USSR to ditch their nuclear weapons. The article finds that WFLOE began a women-led campaign and engaged with unofficial activists and ordinary people in the USSR to lobby the Soviet government to disarm. WFLOE’s fame as ‘Greenham Women’ helped them to publicise their overseas activism and they attempted to challenge predominant representations of peace campaigners in the UK by campaigning against Soviet nuclear weapons. However, this success was limited with the Cold War maintaining primacy for the British press and WFLOE only gaining positive coverage when they caused embarrassment to the Soviets.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary British History
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1361-9462
Depositing User: NJ Barnett
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 09:41
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2022 11:15
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64399

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