Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956

Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956

by David Holloway
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300066643

ISBN-13: 9780300066647

Pub. Date: 03/28/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

A distinguished authority tells the spellbinding story of the people and politics behind the development of the Soviet atom bomb. Based on interviews with participants and research in newly opened Soviet archives, the book reveals how the American atomic monopoly affected Stalin's foreign policy, the role of espionage in the evolution of the Soviet bomb, and the…  See more details below

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A distinguished authority tells the spellbinding story of the people and politics behind the development of the Soviet atom bomb. Based on interviews with participants and research in newly opened Soviet archives, the book reveals how the American atomic monopoly affected Stalin's foreign policy, the role of espionage in the evolution of the Soviet bomb, and the relationship between Soviet nuclear scientists and the country's political leaders.

'An indispensable contribution to our knowledge of the modern world.' Robert Conquest, 'London Review of Books'

'A perceptive, highly informative, and altogether excellent book.' Rudolf Peierls, 'New York Review of Books'

'A masterful account of the arms race from the Soviet side.' Gregg Herken, 'Washington Post Book World'

'A superb history that gives fresh insights into the cold war and, even more, into the conditions of intellectual life in Stalin's Russia. This study is a work on the largest scale, one that advances our understanding and is likely to remain definitive for years to come.' Priscilla Johnson McMillan, 'New York Times Book Review'

Winner of the 1995 Vucinich Prize given for the best book in the field of Slavic studies and the Shulman Prize for the best book on Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, both awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

David Holloway was born in Ireland and taught at Edinburgh University before becoming professor of political science and co-director, Center for International Security and Arms Control, at Stanford University. He is also the author of 'The Soviet Union and the Arms Race'.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300066647
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
506
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Illustration Sources
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Ioffe's Institute8
2Nuclear Prehistory29
3Reacting to Fission49
4Making a Decision72
5Getting Started96
6Hiroshima116
7The Post-Hiroshima Project134
8The Premises of Policy150
9The Atomic Industry172
10The Atomic Bomb196
11War and the Atomic Bomb224
12The War of Nerves253
13Dangerous Relations273
14The Hydrogen Bomb294
15After Stalin320
16The Atom and Peace346
Conclusion364
Bibliographical Note372
Notes375
Biographical Notes447
Index453

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