Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy Since 1945

Hardcover | March 1, 1999

EditorJohn Gaddis, Philip Gordon, Ernest May

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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' evenwithout 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 theyviewed 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 thisthesis.

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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...

PROFESSOR JOHN GADDIS is Professor of History at Yale DR PHILIP GORDON is Director for European Affairs, National Security Council, Washington PROFESSOR ERNEST MAY is Professor of History at Harvard PROFESSOR JONATHAN ROSENBERG is Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction by Ernest May1. Andrew P. N. Erdman: `War No Longer Has Any Logic Whatever': Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Thermonuclear Revolution2. S. David Broscious: Longing for International Control, Banking on American Superiority: Harry S Truman's Approach to Nuclear Energy3. Vladislav M. Zubok: Stalin and the Nuclear Age4. Neil Rosendorf: John Foster Dulles' Nuclear Schizophrenia5. Philip Nash: Bear Any Burden?: John F. Kennedy and Nuclear Weapon6. Vladislav M. Zubok and Hope M. Harrison: The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev7. Jonathan Rosenberg: Before the Bomb and After: Winston Churchill and the Use of Force8. Shu Guang Zhang: Between `Paper' and `Real' Tigers: Mao's View of Nuclear Weapons9. Philip H. Gordon: Charles De Gaulle and the Nuclear Revolution10. Annette Messemer: Konrad Adenauer: Defence Diplomat on the BackstageJohn Lewis Gaddis: Conclusion. Nuclear StatesmenJohn Mueller: Epilogue

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`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 immenseamount of literature ... The blend of biography and nuclear history makes this an interesting and stimulating study.'Chris Reeves, Millennium