A very short introduction
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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 history of the early arms races, through the dawn of nuclear deterrence politics, the Cold War, to what may lie ahead for us in the future
Takes a thoroughly up-to-date view, examining contemporary controversies such as the US National Missile Defence system and Star Wars, and the threat and role of nuclear weapons in global terrorism
The author's background in international relations puts some of the most important and enduring problems of nuclear weapons policy over the past 60 years into an historical and global context
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
7: Nuclear Weapons in the Age of Terrorism
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Joseph M. Siracusa , Professor in International Studies and Director of Global Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in International Studies and Director of Global Studies, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is internationally known for his writings on nuclear history, diplomacy and presidential politics, and is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio National. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston; in the Department of History, University of Queensland; and served as a senior visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University. Among his numerous books are The American Diplomatic Revolution: A Documentary History of the Cold War; A History of United States Foreign Policy; Depression to Cold War (with David G. Coleman); Presidential Profiles: The Kennedy Years; and Real-World Nuclear Deterrence (with David G. Coleman).