Living With Peril

Living With Peril

by Andreas Wenger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847685152

ISBN-13: 9780847685158

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Living with Peril explains in detail how the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations adapted to the reality of a Soviet nuclear force capable of destroying the United States and against which there was no effective defense. Wenger illuminates the development, implementation, and evolution of U.S. government policies designed to avoid war and to respond to the

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Living with Peril explains in detail how the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations adapted to the reality of a Soviet nuclear force capable of destroying the United States and against which there was no effective defense. Wenger illuminates the development, implementation, and evolution of U.S. government policies designed to avoid war and to respond to the vulnerability of nuclear destruction. Drawing from a wealth of sources, Wenger provides an insightful and original perspective on the origins of cold war nuclear diplomacy. This is crucial reading for students and scholars of international relations, peace and conflict studies, and diplomatic history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847685158
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IEisenhower and Overwhelming Nuclear Superiority
1The Integration of Nuclear Weapons into American National Security Policy13
2The Impact of the Strategic Nuclear Balance on Policy49
3The Impact of the Thermonuclear Revolution on Policy85
4The Nuclearization of NATO: A Delicate Balance105
Pt. IIEisenhower and Evolving Mutual Vulnerability
5Eisenhower's Approach: Buying Time with Tactical Nuclear Weapons123
6Into the Missile Age: Does Relative Strength Matter?145
7Eisenhower, Nuclear Weapons, and Policy at the End of the 1950s173
Pt. IIIKennedy and Perceived Mutual Vulnerability
8Kennedy's Approach: A Strategy of Multiple Options181
9The Berlin Crisis: Example of Self-Deterrence or Successful Manipulation of Risk?197
10Nuclear Politics - Symbols and Signals: How Political Considerations Affected Military Strategy, Planning, and Budgets241
11The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Impact of the Nuclear Danger on Policy273
12The Detente of 1963: Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis305
Conclusions313
Notes323
Bibliography439
Index455
About the Author463

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