The British Nuclear Experience: The Roles of Beliefs, Culture and Identity

Hardcover | January 18, 2015

byJohn Baylis, Kristan Stoddart

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Based on a detailed analysis of archives and high level interviews this book looks at the role of beliefs, culture and identity in the making of British nuclear policy from 1945 through to the present day. This book also examines Britain's nuclear experience by moving away from traditionalinterpretations of why states develop and maintain nuclear weapons by adopting a more contemporary approach to political theory. Traditional mainstream explanations tend to stress the importance of factors such as the "maximization of power', the pursuit of 'national security interests" and the role of "structure" in a largely anarchic international system. This book does not dismiss these approaches, but argues that Britishexperience suggests that focusing on "beliefs", "culture" and "identity", provides a more useful insight and distinctive interpretation into the process of British nuclear decision making than the more traditional approaches.

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Based on a detailed analysis of archives and high level interviews this book looks at the role of beliefs, culture and identity in the making of British nuclear policy from 1945 through to the present day. This book also examines Britain's nuclear experience by moving away from traditionalinterpretations of why states develop and maint...

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor at Swansea University, where he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor. During the course of a distinguished career he has published a number of influential volumes, including Ambiguity and Deterrence: British Nuclear Strategy 1945-196 , Alternative Nuclear Futures: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold-War...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:January 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198702027

ISBN - 13:9780198702023

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Emergence of a Deterrence 'Habit of Mind'2. The Chiefs of Staff, Nuclear Weapons and Global Strategy3. From Atomic Weapons to Thermonuclear Weapons4. Forging the 'Special' Anglo-American Nuclear Relationship5. Polaris, Independence and Interdependence6. The Polaris Improvement Programme and Chevaline7. The Polaris Replacement Debate under Labour8. The Adoption of Trident9. NATO Modernization Plans, SDI and the End of the Cold War10. Trident Replacement/Renewal: From 'New Labour' to the Coalition GovernmentConclusion