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The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy - L. Freedman

The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy


Published: 18th July 2003
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First published twenty years ago, Lawrence Freedman's Evolution of Nuclear Strategy was immediately acclaimed as the standard work on the history of attempts to cope militarily and politically with the terrible destructive power of nuclear weapons. It has now been rewritten, drawing on a wide range of new research, and updated to take account of the period following the end of the cold war, taking the story to contemporary arguments about missile defence.

First and Second Thoughts
The Arrival of the Bomb
Offence and Defence
Aggression and Retaliation
Towards a Policy of Deterrence
Strategy for an Atomic Monopoly
Strategy for an Atomic Stalemate
Massive Retaliation
Limited War
Limited Objectives
Limited Means
The Fear of Surprise Attack
The Importance of Being First
Sputniksand the Soviet Threat
The Technological Arms Race
The Strategy of Stable Conflict
The Formal Strategists
Arms Control
Bargaining and Escalation
From Counterforce to Assured Destruction
Assured Destruction
The Soviet Approach to Deterrence
The Chinese Connection
The European Dimension
A Conventional Defence for Europe
The European Nuclear Option (i) Anglo-Saxon Views
The European Nuclear Option (ii) French and German Views
Retreat from Assured Destruction
Military-Industrial Complexities
The Consensus Undermine
Selective Options
The Reagan Administration and the Great Nuclear Debate
After the Cold War
The Threat Evaporates
Rogues and Rebels
The Threat Evaporates
The Second Nuclear Age
Can There Be a Nuclear Strategy?
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ISBN: 9780333652985
ISBN-10: 0333652983
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 566
Published: 18th July 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised