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Arms Control [2 volumes]: History, Theory, and Policy

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Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy features in-depth, expert analysis and information on the full spectrum of issues relating to this critical topic. The first major reference on arms control in over a decade, the two-volume set covers historical context, contemporary challenges, and emerging approaches to diplomacy and human rights. Noted experts provide a full spectrum of perspectives on arms control, offering insightful analysis of arms-control agreements and the ...

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Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy [2 volumes]

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Overview

Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy features in-depth, expert analysis and information on the full spectrum of issues relating to this critical topic. The first major reference on arms control in over a decade, the two-volume set covers historical context, contemporary challenges, and emerging approaches to diplomacy and human rights. Noted experts provide a full spectrum of perspectives on arms control, offering insightful analysis of arms-control agreements and the people and institutions behind them.

Volume 1 provides an accessible historical overview of the subject and a more detailed conceptual analysis of the foundations of arms control. Volume 2 covers the contemporary and practical issues of arms control, focusing on global issues that arms control advocates have been forced to address with varying degrees of success: a burgeoning international trade in conventional weapons; a closely related flood of small arms and light weapons used to fuel intrastate conflicts and even genocide; and the spread of nuclear weapons to potentially unstable regions of the world.

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The "first major reference on arms control" is a series of essays, running five to 30 pages each, drawing from historical viewpoints including mythology, philosophy, and anthropology in the first volume and more contemporary issues such as the Cold War, cybersecurity, and space weaponry in the second volume. Each essay concludes with notes and often includes sources for further reading. Some of these topics may not be the first thing that comes to mind when everyday readers think about arms control; readers may consider some of it to be filler material. The appendixes in both volumes are very good, featuring arms-control treaties and biographical sketches of the major players. A downside to the set is that the chapters re-number in the second volume rather than continue from the first volume. VERDICT This is likely a useful college term-paper reference, but otherwise will find a limited audience, possibly as part of a special collection.—Beth Bland, Milwaukee, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275998202
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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