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Banning Chemical Weapons: The Scientific Background

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Overview

Banning Chemical Weapons provides a readable and brief outline of chemical warfare; its origin and the offensive and defensive aspects. The aim of this volume is to give technical information to people interested in the wider aspects of disarmament, by showing how this technical material must be used in the negotiations to achieve a worldwide and enforceable ban on chemical weapons. While not a textbook, this volume provides accessible technical background to the issue of chemical disarmament.

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"...the author has managed to pack an amazing amount of information into a slim volume and present it in a very readable style: concise yet thorough, factual but also entertaining, with frequent flashes of dry humour." Nature

"...a salutary read, made all the more powerful by the author's intimate understanding of what these chemicals do to people....Banning Chemical Weapons will help enlighten those who make the decisions and, it is to be hoped, to persuade them that possession of chemical weapons is not in a country's best interests." Times Higher Education Supplement

"Well written and easy to read, Crone's book pulls the reader into the science behind the decisions made about chemical weapons." Military Intelligence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521427111
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The science of peace and war; 3. Chemistry and chemical warfare; 4. The target; 5. Modern chemical warfare: offence; 6. Modern chemical warfare: defence; 7. Discussions on matters of particular interest; 8. Chemical industry and the trade in chemicals; 9. Technical problems in the implementation of a chemical weapons convention; 10. The future for arms control; 11. Conclusions; Appendices.

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