The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons

The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons

by T.V. Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804761329

ISBN-13: 9780804761321

Pub. Date: 01/23/2009

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, no state has unleashed nuclear weapons, especially against non-nuclear states. What explains this? According to the author, the answer lies largely in a prohibition inherent in the tradition of non-use, a time-honored obligation that has been adhered to by all nuclear states-thanks to a consensus view that use would have a…  See more details below

Overview

Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, no state has unleashed nuclear weapons, especially against non-nuclear states. What explains this? According to the author, the answer lies largely in a prohibition inherent in the tradition of non-use, a time-honored obligation that has been adhered to by all nuclear states-thanks to a consensus view that use would have a catastrophic impact on humankind, the environment, and the reputation of the user.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804761321
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/23/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Bases of the Tradition of Non-Use 15

3 The United States and the Tradition I: The Truman and Eisenhower Years (1945-1961) 38

4 The United States and the Tradition II: Kennedy to Clinton (1961-2001) 64

5 Russia, Britain, France, China, and the Tradition 92

6 The Second-Generation Nuclear States: Israel, India, Pakistan, and the Tradition 124

7 Nonnuclear States, the Tradition, and Limited Wars 143

8 The Tradition and the Nonproliferation Regime 158

9 Changing U.S. Policies and the Tradition 178

10 Conclusions 197

Notes 217

Select Bibliography 277

Index 305

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