Evolution of Nuclear Strategy / Edition 2

Evolution of Nuclear Strategy / Edition 2

by Lawrence Freedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312028172

ISBN-13: 9780312028176

Pub. Date: 09/01/1989

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

The book begins with the theories of airpower which shaped the early appreciation of the role of atomic weapons. A discussion follows of the movement in the West towards reliance on nuclear weapons to deter Soviet aggression, and of the major problem of credibility that arose as soon as the Soviet Union developed its own nuclear capability.  See more details below

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The book begins with the theories of airpower which shaped the early appreciation of the role of atomic weapons. A discussion follows of the movement in the West towards reliance on nuclear weapons to deter Soviet aggression, and of the major problem of credibility that arose as soon as the Soviet Union developed its own nuclear capability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312028176
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/01/1989
Edition description:
2nd ed
Pages:
510

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Sect. 1First and Second Thoughts1
1The Arrival of the Bomb3
2Offence and Defence21
3Aggression and Retaliation32
Sect. 2Towards a Policy of Deterrence43
4Strategy for an Atomic Monopoly45
5Strategy for an Atomic Stalemate60
6Massive Retaliation72
Sect. 3Limited War87
7Limited Objectives89
8Limited Means101
Sect. 4The Fear of Surprise Attack115
9The Importance of Being First117
10Sputniks and the Soviet Threat131
11The Technological Arms Race146
Sect. 5The Strategy of Stable Conflict163
12The Formal Strategists165
13Arms Control179
14Bargaining and Escalation196
Sect. 6From Counter-Force to Assured Destruction213
15City-Avoidance215
16Assured Destruction232
17The Soviet Approach to Deterrence243
18The Chinese Connection258
Sect. 7The European Dimension269
19A Conventional Defence for Europe271
20The European Nuclear Option: (i) Anglo-Saxon Views288
21The European Nuclear Option: (ii) French and German Views298
Sect. 8Retreat from Assured Destruction315
22Military-Industrial Complexities317
23The Consensus Undermined328
24Parity342
25Selective Options355
26The Reagan Administration and the Great Nuclear Debate378
27The Threat Evaporates407
28The Second Nuclear Age435
29Can there be a Nuclear Strategy?458
Notes465
Bibliography519
Subject Index549
Name Index558

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