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Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction

Third Edition

Joseph M. Siracusa

September 2020

ISBN: 9780198860532

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Nuclear Weapons are the most deadly weapon ever invented. This Very Short Introduction discusses the history and politics of nuclear weapons since their development in the 1940s. It describes the successes and failures of treaties that have aimed for their control and reduction, and their impact on international relations today.

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Nuclear Weapons are the most deadly weapon ever invented. This Very Short Introduction discusses the history and politics of nuclear weapons since their development in the 1940s. It describes the successes and failures of treaties that have aimed for their control and reduction, and their impact on international relations today.

  • Describes the historical development of nuclear weapons and the policies they generated since the end of the Cold War
  • Critically examines important and recurring questions about the role of nuclear weapons in international relations
  • This new edition brings the story up to date with recent political developments and the emergence of potential new nuclear powers
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Joseph M. Siracusa, Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Deputy Dean of Global and Language Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia

Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia, and President of Australia's Council for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. A veteran historian, he is known internationally for his writings on the history of nuclear weapons, diplomacy, and global security. He is the author of numerous books, including Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010) and A Global History of the Nuclear Arms Race (Praeger, 2013).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of illustrations
    1:What are nuclear weapons?
    2:Building the bomb
    3:A choice between the quick and the dead
    4:Race for the H-bomb
    5:Nuclear deterrence and arms control
    6:Star Wars and beyond
    7:Post-Cold War era
    References and further reading
    Index

Reviews

Nuclear weapons remain a fundamental but often poorly understood part of international relations. Few scholars know more about the bomb and its consequences - both historically and for future generations - than Joseph Siracusa. This volume is an excellent introduction to an essential subject. - Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University