Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy Since 1945

John Lewis Gaddis, Robert Lovett Professor of History John Lewis Gaddis, Philip H. Gordon, Ernest R. May, Jonathan Rosenberg
Oxford University Press, 1999 - 398 pages
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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Longing for International Control Banking on American
Stalin and the Nuclear Age
John Foster Dulles Nuclear Schizophrenia
Dwight D
Bear Any Burden? John F Kennedy and Nuclear Weapons
The Nuclear Education of Nikita Khrushchev
Winston Churchill and the
Maos View of Nuclear
Charles de Gaulle and the Nuclear Revolution
Defence Diplomat on the Backstage
Duelling Counterfactuals
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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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