Historical Dictionary Of Arms Control And Disarmament by Jeffrey A. LarsenHistorical Dictionary Of Arms Control And Disarmament by Jeffrey A. Larsen

Historical Dictionary Of Arms Control And Disarmament

byJeffrey A. Larsen, James M. Smith

Hardcover | March 25, 2005

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Historical Dictionary of Arms Control and Disarmament provides a historical review of key themes and issues in international security and arms control, focusing on efforts in the 20th century to control the spread and use of armaments and to prevent war. This book summarizes the rich and proud traditions of arms control and disarmament, their critical role in ensuring a non-catastrophic course throughout history (especially the dangerous period of the Cold War), and their continuing relevance and role in the emerging post-Cold War world. It also seeks to reinforce a broad perspective of key terms in order to capture the scope and range of their application yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Given this combined tradition and focus, this Dictionary serves two purposes. As a historical dictionary, it chronicles key terms, personalities, events, and agreements as a ready reference from which to launch a more extensive investigation. But it also seeks to capture the breadth of current and future applications by presenting the vocabulary of traditional and non-traditional approaches. The book includes a large dictionary of more than 1,000 key terms, as well as a comprehensive bibliography divided into multiple categories, an extensive chronology, and a timeline. This book can also serve as a useful desk reference for the policy practitioner. The pace and intensity of the practice of arms control often eliminates the luxury of conventional study of past or related arms control efforts. The dictionary seeks to provide a relevant sampling of treaty and agreement details and of the specific terms of reference of arms control to allow productive progress in a policy work environment. Researchers and students will also find the dictionary to be a useful reference tool. Much of the formal literature in the field, such as treaty texts and policy pronouncements, is written in technical language without elaboration. Also, many references to agreements are posed in shorthand intended only for the policy practi
Jeffrey A. Larsen is a senior policy analyst in the Strategies Group of Science Applications Corporation and president of Larsen Consulting Group, both in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has served as senior editor of the U.S. Air Force's internal study of its air campaign in the war against terrorism. He is the author of Arms Control: ...
Title:Historical Dictionary Of Arms Control And DisarmamentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 8.74 × 6.26 × 1.25 inPublished:March 25, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810850605

ISBN - 13:9780810850606

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 4 Chronology Part 5 Introduction Part 6 THE DICTIONARY Part 7 Bibliography Part 8 Timeline Part 9 About the Authors

Editorial Reviews

Specialists, policy makers, and interested general readers alike will be forever grateful to the authors for making the otherwise arcane world of arms control accessible to all. Larsen and Smith, both former Air Force pilots and military academy professors, have distinguished themselves as leading arms control experts and have published extensively. In addition to more than 1,000 entries, this historical dictionary features a short essay on the history of arms control, an 8-page list of acronyms and abbreviations, a 36-page chronology, and a bibliography of more than 100 pages. The entries range in length from one sentence to short essays of several paragraphs, with most being a single paragraph. Indeed, in their effort to be comprehensive, the authors have included some entries with little or no apparent relationship to arms control; experts might quibble about other minor details. But there is no denying the value of this impressive compilation. The text is straightforward, understandable, and extensively cross-referenced; no other recent book is like it. This work deserves a place on the shelves of college and university libraries, public libraries, and collections specializing in international security affairs, and on the desks of arms control specialists. Highly recommended. All levels.