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Published: 01 July 2015

152 Pages | 7 black and white illustrations

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198727231

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Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Joseph M. Siracusa

Very Short Introductions

  • An accessible and eye-opening background to the most deadly weapon ever invented
  • Examines important and recurring questions about the role of nuclear weapons in modern-day international relations
  • Explores the global history of the early arms races, beginning with the Hiroshima decision, through to the dawn of nuclear deterrence politics, the Cold War, to what lies ahead
  • Places the enduring problems of nuclear weapons policy over the past few deacdes into an historical and global context
  • Examines all issues, from the legacy of missile defence systems and Star Wars, to the current debate regarding terrorism and nuclear alarmism
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - millions of copies sold

New to this Edition:

  • Includes a new concluding chapter, moving away from the emphasis of nuclear weapons in the "age of terrorism", to the significant lessons to be learned from the history of the nuclear weapons era