Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy Since 1945 is a path-breaking work that uses biographical techniques to test one of the most important and widely debated questions in international politics: Did the advent of the nuclear bomb prevent the Third World War? Many scholars and much conventional wisdom assumes that nuclear deterrence has prevented major power war since the end of the Second World War; this remains a principal tenet of US strategic policy today. Others challenge this assumption, and argue that major war would have been `obsolete' even without the bomb. This book tests these propositions by examining the careers of ten leading Cold War statesmen--Harry S Truman; John Foster Dulles; Dwight D. Eisenhower; John F. Kennedy; Josef Stalin; Nikita Krushchev; Mao Zedong; Winston Churchill; Charles De Gaulle; and Konrad Adenauer--and asking whether they viewed war, and its acceptability, differently after the advent of the bomb. The book's authors argue almost unanimously that nuclear weapons did have a significant effect on the thinking of these leading statesmen of the nuclear age, but a dissenting epilogue from John Mueller challenges this thesis.
`This fascinating essay collection explores the thinking of ten national leaders.' Michael Latham, Poli.Sci. `Among several fine essays, Andrew Erdmann's analysis of Eisenhower's thermonuclear moment of truth stands out.' Michael Latham, Poli.Sci. `This well-written book will be of great interest to scholars and students interested in nuclear history and strategy.' Michael Latham, Poli.Sci. `one of its strengths is its attempt to throw light upon how the different individuals' views about war and international politics were fundamentally changed by the development of the bomb ... The essays in this book offer an interesting new angle on a subject that has generated an immense amount of literature ... The blend of biography and nuclear history makes this an interesting and stimulating study.' Chris Reeves, Millennium
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st March 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.72