Britain and the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy, 1964-1970 David Gill

ISBN: 9780804786584

Published: January 8th 2014

Hardcover

320 pages


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Britain and the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy, 1964-1970  by  David Gill

Britain and the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy, 1964-1970 by David Gill
January 8th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780804786584 | 3.59 Mb

Drawing on primary sources from both sides of the Atlantic, Britain and the Bomb explores how economic, political, and strategic considerations have shaped British nuclear diplomacy. The book concentrates on Prime Minister Harold Wilsons first twoMoreDrawing on primary sources from both sides of the Atlantic, Britain and the Bomb explores how economic, political, and strategic considerations have shaped British nuclear diplomacy.

The book concentrates on Prime Minister Harold Wilsons first two terms of office, 1964-1970, which represent a critical period in international nuclear history. Wilsons commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and his support for continued investment in the British nuclear weapons program, despite serious economic and political challenges, established precedents that still influence policymakers today. The continued independence of Britains nuclear force, and the enduring absence of a German or European deterrent, certainly owes a debt to Wilsons handling of nuclear diplomacy more than four decades ago.

Beyond highlighting the importance of this period, the book explains how and why British nuclear diplomacy evolved during Wilsons leadership. Cabinet discussions, financial crises, and international tensions encouraged a degree of flexibility in the pursuit of strategic independence and the creation of a non-proliferation treaty.

Gill shows us that British nuclear diplomacy was a series of compromises, an intricate blend of political, economic, and strategic considerations.



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