Evolution of Nuclear Strategy / Edition 3

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First published 20 years ago, Lawrence Freedmans "Evolution of Nuclear Strategy" was immediately acclaimed as the standard work on the history of attempts to cope militarily and politically with the terrible destructive power of nuclear weapons. It has now been rewritten, drawing on a wide range of new research, and updated to take account of the period following the end of the cold war, taking the story to contemporary arguments about missile defense.

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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: 9780333972397
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/3/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 751,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.19 (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

Part I: First and Second Thoughts
• The Arrival of the Bomb
• Offence and Defence
• Aggression and Retaliation
Part II: Towards a Policy of Deterrence
• Strategy for an Atomic Monopoly
• Strategy for an Atomic Stalemate
• Massive Retaliation
Part III: Limited War
• Limited Objectives
• Limited Means
Part IV: The Fear of Surprise Attack
• The Importance of Being First
Sputniks and the Soviet Threat
• The Technological Arms Race
Part V: The Strategy of Stable Conflict
• The Formal Strategists
• Arms Control
• Bargaining and Escalation
Part VI: From Counterforce to Assured Destruction
• City-Avoidance
• Assured Destruction
• The Soviet Approach to Deterrence
• The Chinese Connection
Part VII: The European Dimension
• A Conventional Defence for Europe
• The European Nuclear Option (i) Anglo-Saxon Views
• The European Nuclear Option (ii) French and German Views
Part VIII: Retreat from Assured Destruction
• Military-Industrial Complexities
• The Consensus Undermine
• Parity
• Selective Options
• The Reagan Administration and the Great Nuclear Debate
Part IX: After the Cold War
• The Threat Evaporates
• Rogues and Rebels
• The Threat Evaporates
• The Second Nuclear Age
• Can There Be a Nuclear Strategy?

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