Avoiding Armageddon: Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1963 by Andrew RichterAvoiding Armageddon: Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1963 by Andrew Richter

Avoiding Armageddon: Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1963

byAndrew Richter

Paperback | July 1, 2003

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The advent of nuclear weapons in the 1940s brought enormous changesto doctrines regarding the use of force in resolving disputes. Americanstrategists have been widely credited with most of these; Canadians,most have assumed, did not conduct their own strategic analysis.Avoiding Armageddon soundly debunks this notion.

Drawing on previously classified government records, Richter revealsthat Canadian defence officials did come to independent strategicunderstandings of the most critical issues of the nuclear age. Canadianappreciation of deterrence, arms control, and strategic stabilitydiffered conceptually from the US models. Similarly, Canadian thinkingon the controversial issues of air defence and the domestic acquisitionof nuclear weapons was primarily influenced by decidedly Canadianinterests.

Avoiding Armageddon is a work with far-reachingimplications. It illustrates Canada’s considerable latitude forindependent defence thinking while providing key historical informationthat helps make sense of the contemporary Canadian defence debate

Andrew Richter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Windsor.
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Title:Avoiding Armageddon: Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1963Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.54 inPublished:July 1, 2003Language:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 The Defence and Security Environment, 1945-9

2 Canada’s Air Defence Debate

3 Canadian Views on Nuclear Weapons and Related Issues ofStrategy

4 The Canadian Debate on the Acquisition of Nuclear Weapons

5 Canadian Conceptual Understanding of Arms Control

6 Links between Canadian Strategic Thinking and Defence Policy,1950-63

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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Drawing on previously classified government records, Richter revealsthat Canadian defence officials independently came to strategicunderstandings of the most critical issues of the nuclear age regardingthe use of force in resolving disputes. Canadian appreciation ofdeterrence, arms control, and strategic stability differed conceptuallyfrom the US models. Similarly, Canadian thinking on the controversialissues of air defence and the domestic acquisition of nuclear weaponswas primarily influenced by decidedly Canadian interests. Thisbook illustrates Canada’s considerable latitude forindependent defence thinking while providing key historical informationthat helps make sense of the contemporary Canadian defence debate.