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British Nuclear Weapons and the Test Ban 1954-1973: Britain, the United States, Weapons Policies and Nuclear Testing: Tensions and Contradictions

British Nuclear Weapons and the Test Ban 1954-1973: Britain, the United States, Weapons Policies and Nuclear Testing: Tensions and Contradictions

In 1962 Dean Acheson famously described Britain as having lost an Empire but not yet found a role. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the realms of nuclear weapons. An increasingly marginal world power, successive post-war British governments felt that an independent n... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781138383975
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Published 31 May 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Walker, John R.
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ISBN-13 9781138383975
ISBN-10 113838397X
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 31 May 2019
International Publication Date 10 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Walker, John R.
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
British & Irish History
Military History
Social & Political Philosophy
Politics & Government
History Of Science
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Number of Pages 406
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 753g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Nuclear weapons - Government policy - History - Great Britain, Nuclear weapons - Government policy - History - United States, Nuclear weapons - Testing - Law and legislation - History, Nuclear arms control - History, Deterrence Strategy - History - 20th century
NBS Text History: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 327.17470941
Catalogue Code Not specified

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In 1962 Dean Acheson famously described Britain as having lost an Empire but not yet found a role. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the realms of nuclear weapons. An increasingly marginal world power, successive post-war British governments felt that an independent nuclear deterrent was essential if the country was to remain at the top table of world diplomacy. Focusing on a key twenty-year period, this study explores Britain's role in efforts to bring about a nuclear test ban treaty between 1954 and 1973. Taking a broadly chronological approach, it examines the nature of defence planning, the scientific goals that nuclear tests were designed to secure, Anglo-American relationships, the efficacy of British diplomacy and its contribution to arms control and disarmament. A key theme of the study is to show how the UK managed to balance the conflicting pressures created by its determination to remain a credible nuclear power whilst wanting to pursue disarmament objectives, and how these pressures shifted over the period in question. Based on a wealth of primary sources this book opens up the largely ignored subject of the impact of arms control on the UK nuclear weapons programme. Its appraisal of the relationship between the requirements and developments of the UK nuclear weapons programme against international and domestic pressures for a test ban treaty will be of interest to anyone studying post-war British defence and foreign policy, history of science, arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation and international relations. It also provides important background information on current events involving nuclear proliferation and disarmament.

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Dr John Walker works in the Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK.

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