Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Part of the Global Issues series, Weapons of Mass Destruction is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on a key challenge facing the world today. Each volume in the series contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers ...

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Overview

Part of the Global Issues series, Weapons of Mass Destruction is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on a key challenge facing the world today. Each volume in the series contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are the most advanced and lethal armaments developed by contemporary scientists and engineers. They are not designed for combat limited to the battlefield; their purpose is to unleash a sweeping destructive force that does not discriminate between soldier and civilian. Although most governments adhere to strict international treaties regarding the management of their stocks of such weapons, rogue regimes and terrorist groups remain an unpredictable and volatile variable.

Weapons of Mass Destruction provides an objective analysis of a subject easily distorted by fear. It begins with a history of the ancient and medieval use in warfare of biological weapons and goes on to explain how governments and terrorist factions have refined this practice to include biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons as a means of coercion or as a deterrent. The book examines past and current U.S. policies regarding WMD-including the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan during World War II-and how an arms race ultimately led to a cold war with the Soviet Union. The volume then offers an international perspective through discussion of how other major players-Russia, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea-have each chosen to approach the issue of WMD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816078271
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Graphs, and Tables vii

Foreword Cathal J. Nolan ix

List of Acronyms xiii

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Old and New Weapons of Mass Destruction 3

What are Weapons of Mass Destruction? 4

Chemical Weapons 7

Biological Weapons 9

Nuclear Weapons 11

Impact of a Nuclear Bomb: If a Nuclear Bomb Hit New York 18

WMD Use in Warfare through World War II 19

WMD Use since World War II 24

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 36

Key Issues 36

History and Current Arsenals 36

U.S. Strategies for Combating WMD 54

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 65

Russia 65

Israel and the Middle East 81

India and Pakistan 96

North Korea 106

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 125

Chapter 5 International Documents 183

International Treaties 183

Treaties between the United States and the Soviet Union 200

Israel 223

India and Pakistan 227

North Korea 237

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research Weapons of Mass Destruction 245

Getting Started 245

Breadth before Depth 247

Credentials and Credibility 247

Sources of Information 248

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 253

International 253

U.S. and Soviet/Russian Arsenals 257

Chapter 8 Key Players A to Z 266

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 278

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 294

General Historical Overviews 295

What are Weapons of Mass Destruction? 297

Modern Weapons of Mass Destruction 299

U.S. Chemical and Biological Weapons Programs 306

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program 309

Soviet/Russian Chemical and Biological Weapons Programs 314

Soviet/Russian Nuclear Weapons Program 317

The Unstable Middle East 319

Israeli Chemical and Biological Weapons Programs 321

Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program 322

The Chemical and Biological Weapons Programs of India and Pakistan 323

The Nuclear Weapons Programs of India and Pakistan 324

North Korea's Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Weapons Programs 326

Chronology 328

Glossary 343

Index 353

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