Bill Bunge’s Nuclear War Atlas (poster)

Jeremy Crampton shares Bill Bunge’s Nuclear War Atlas poster – and appeals for someone/a library to make a higher-resolution scan.

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william-bunge-sheraton-hotel-boston-2008 Bill Bunge, 2008 AAG (Boston). Source.

Bill Bunge’s Nuclear War Atlas was published in two formats, a book from Basil Blackwell published in 1988, and a poster published in June 1982, with 28 maps on one side, and extensive text on the other,

just one week too late for the great United Nations demonstration in New York City. The first edition of the atlas was designed for field use among the unemployed of Detroit’s black slum ghetto (who hold my loyalty but who were vulnerable to the false slogan ‘war means work’ when today it clearly means death), but my work proved far too technical. So I surrendered to the fact that the market for the atlas, the potential readership, would be intellectuals, and put in the earlier and continuing abstract work mentioned, especially in chapter 2.

The original edition was in the tradition of Lobeck’s Physiographic Diagram of…

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2 Responses to Bill Bunge’s Nuclear War Atlas (poster)

  1. I’m not sure about the poster, but a couple of the images from Bunge’s Nuclear War Atlas are available on the @Cornell library website – they may know more about its whereabouts: https://digital.library.cornell.edu/catalog/ss:19343514 (and I write about his work in my new book, #MappingSociety)

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