Evolution of Nuclear Strategy / Edition 3

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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.
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Ever since the destruction of Hiroshima in August, 1945, defense strategies have confronted the problem of preventing the use of nuclear weapons while exploiting the same weapons for national security purposes. Freedman describes the impact of nuclear weapons on strategic thought, with particular emphasis on Western reliance on nuclear weapons to deter Soviet aggression. The strategic debate throughout the postwar period is examined and linked to the formation of policy in each of the nuclear powers. This new edition is current through the Reagan Administration. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333652985
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/3/2003
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Freedman is Professor and Head of Department of War Studies, King's College, London.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 First and Second Thoughts 1
1 The Arrival of the Bomb 3
2 Offence and Defence 21
3 Aggression and Retaliation 32
Sect. 2 Towards a Policy of Deterrence 43
4 Strategy for an Atomic Monopoly 45
5 Strategy for an Atomic Stalemate 60
6 Massive Retaliation 72
Sect. 3 Limited War 87
7 Limited Objectives 89
8 Limited Means 101
Sect. 4 The Fear of Surprise Attack 115
9 The Importance of Being First 117
10 Sputniks and the Soviet Threat 131
11 The Technological Arms Race 146
Sect. 5 The Strategy of Stable Conflict 163
12 The Formal Strategists 165
13 Arms Control 179
14 Bargaining and Escalation 196
Sect. 6 From Counter-Force to Assured Destruction 213
15 City-Avoidance 215
16 Assured Destruction 232
17 The Soviet Approach to Deterrence 243
18 The Chinese Connection 258
Sect. 7 The European Dimension 269
19 A Conventional Defence for Europe 271
20 The European Nuclear Option: (i) Anglo-Saxon Views 288
21 The European Nuclear Option: (ii) French and German Views 298
Sect. 8 Retreat from Assured Destruction 315
22 Military-Industrial Complexities 317
23 The Consensus Undermined 328
24 Parity 342
25 Selective Options 355
26 The Reagan Administration and the Great Nuclear Debate 378
27 The Threat Evaporates 407
28 The Second Nuclear Age 435
29 Can there be a Nuclear Strategy? 458
Notes 465
Bibliography 519
Subject Index 549
Name Index 558
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