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The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953 : The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and econoMic History, Vol 4 - Samuel R. Williamson

The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953

The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and econoMic History, Vol 4

Hardcover Published: 15th June 1993
ISBN: 9780312089641
Number Of Pages: 224

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While the Cold War is over, many of the problems it spawned live on. One of the worst of these is the continued presence of vast nuclear arsenals in the United States and Russia. How did the thousands of American bombs come into existence and how did they so rapidly become the United States' first line of defence? Drawing extensively on previously classified material, Samuel R. Williamson Jr. and Steven L Rearden have written a history of this crucial period. They show how American policymakers, and least of all President Truman, never expected nuclear weapons to play such a major strategic role. Yet by relying on the atomic bomb time and again to shore up US defences in the face of worsening relations with the Soviet Union, rather than accept seemingly more costly conventional alternatives, Truman found himself ultimately with no other choice. The authors not only document and analyze the origins and early evolution of US nuclear strategy, but they also demonstrate the close relationship between decisions affecting such diverse matters as foreign policy, new technologies and the budgetary process. The result is an analysis containing new insights and timely reminders of the myriad complications created by reliance on nuclear weapons.

Preface
Onset of the Nuclear Agep. 1
The Search for Controls: Foreign and Domesticp. 25
Policy in Transitionp. 49
1948: Year of Crisisp. 77
Move and Counter-move: The Development of a Nuclear Arsenalp. 101
Re-arming for the Cold Warp. 131
SAC and the Anglo-American Connectionp. 161
Conclusionp. 189
Note on Sources and Select Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780312089641
ISBN-10: 0312089643
Series: The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and econoMic History, Vol 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th June 1993
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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