Better Active than Radioactive! tells the early story of the opposition to nuclear energy, a major social movement of the 1970s in Western Europe. It focuses on France and West Germany, explaining how protest movements that now seem very different initially developed in close relation to one another across borders. In both countries, anti-nuclear protest brought together an explosive mixture of farmers, housewives, hippies, anarchists, and others.
These diverse activists worked together in spite of sometimes serious differences, especially over the issue of protest violence. Drawing on oral history as well as more conventional archival sources, this volume
tells the story of the people behind protest and situates their individual perspectives within the broader picture.