Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy since 1945

Overview

This book is a path-breaking work that uses biographical techniques to test one of the most widely debated questions in international politics: Did the advent of the nuclear bomb prevent the Third World War? The book's authors argue almost unanimously that nuclear weapons did have a significant effect on the thinking of the leading statesmen of the nuclear age, but a dissenting epilogue from John Mueller challenges this thesis.

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Overview

This book is a path-breaking work that uses biographical techniques to test one of the most widely debated questions in international politics: Did the advent of the nuclear bomb prevent the Third World War? The book's authors argue almost unanimously that nuclear weapons did have a significant effect on the thinking of the leading statesmen of the nuclear age, but a dissenting epilogue from John Mueller challenges this thesis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198294689
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PROFESSOR JOHN GADDIS is Professor of History at Yale

DR PHILIP GORDON is Director for European Affairs, National Security Council, Washington

PROFESSOR ERNEST MAY is Professor of History at Harvard

PROFESSOR JONATHAN ROSENBERG is Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Ernest May
1. 'War No Longer Has Any Logic Whatever': Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Thermonuclear Revolution, Andrew P. N. Erdmann
2. Longing for International Control, Banking on American Superiority: Harry S Truman's Approach to Nuclear Energy, S. David Broscious
3. Stalin and the Nuclear Age, Vladislav M. Zubok
4. John Foster Dulles' Nuclear Schizophrenia, Neil Rosendorf
5. Bear Any Burden?: John F. Kennedy and Nuclear Weapon, Philip Nash
6. The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev, Vladislav M. Zubok and Hope M. Harrison
7. Before the Bomb and After: Winston Churchill and the Use of Force, Jonathan Rosenberg
8. Between 'Paper' and 'Real' Tigers: Mao's View of Nuclear Weapons, Shu Guang Zhang
9. Charles De Gaulle and the Nuclear Revolution, Philip H. Gordon
10. Konrad Adenauer: Defence Diplomat on the Backstage, Annette Messemer
Conclusion. Nuclear Statesmen, John Lewis Gaddis
Epilogue, John Mueller

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