Deadly Cultures: Biological Weapons since 1945

Deadly Cultures: Biological Weapons since 1945

by Mark Wheelis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674016998

ISBN-13: 9780674016996

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Harvard

The threat of biological weapons has never attracted as much public attention as in the past five years. Current concerns largely relate to the threat of weapons acquisition and use by rogue states or by terrorists. But the threat has deeper roots--it has been evident for fifty years that biological agents could be used to cause mass casualties and large-scale

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Overview

The threat of biological weapons has never attracted as much public attention as in the past five years. Current concerns largely relate to the threat of weapons acquisition and use by rogue states or by terrorists. But the threat has deeper roots--it has been evident for fifty years that biological agents could be used to cause mass casualties and large-scale economic damage. Yet there has been little historical analysis of such weapons over the past half-century.

Deadly Cultures sets out to fill this gap by analyzing the historical developments since 1945 and addressing three central issues: Why have states continued or begun programs for acquiring biological weapons? Why have states terminated biological weapons programs? How have states demonstrated that they have truly terminated their biological weapons programs?

We now live in a world in which the basic knowledge needed to develop biological weapons is more widely available than ever before. Deadly Cultures provides the lessons from history that we urgently need in order to strengthen the long-standing prohibition of biological weapons.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016996
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

1. Historical Context and Overview
Mark Wheelis, Lajos Rózsa, and Malcolm Dando

2. The US Biological Weapons Program
John Ellis van Courtland Moon

3. The UK Biological Weapons Program
Brian Balmer

4. The Canadian Biological Weapons Program and the Tripartite Alliance
Donald Avery

5. The French Biological Weapons Program
Olivier Lepick

6. The Soviet Biological Weapons Program
John Hart

7. Biological Weapons in Non-Soviet Warsaw Pact Countries
Lajos Rózsa and Kathryn Nixdorff

8. The Iraqi Biological Weapons Program
Graham Pearson

9. The South African Biological Weapons Program
ChandrE Gould and Alastair Hay

10. Anticrop Biological Weapons Programs
Simon Whitby

11. Antianimal Biological Weapons Programs
Piers Millet

12. Midspectrum Incapacitant Programs
Malcolm Dando and Martin Furmanski

13. Allegations of Biological Weapons Use
Martin Furmanski and Mark Wheelis

14. Terrorist Use of Biological Weapons
Mark Wheelis and Masaaki Sugishima

15. The Politics of Biological Disarmament
Marie Chevrier

16. Legal Constraints on Biological Weapons
Nicholas Sims

17. Analysis and Implications
Malcolm Dando, Graham Pearson, Lajos Rózsa, Julian Perry Robinson, and Mark Wheelis

Appendix. The Biological Weapons Convention

Notes

Contributors

Index

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