AUTHORScheinman, Lawrence
TITLEAtomic Energy Policy in France Under the Fourth Republic
PUBLISHERPrinceton University Press
CITYPrinceton, NJ
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This book explores the initial development of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons in France. The French Atomic Energy Committee was established shortly after the conclusion of World War II, and spent its first seven years gathering the scientists and specialists it needed as well as building experimental reactors. The next eight years were spent applying the knowledge gained in the first period to the development of industrial nuclear power plants as well as developing nuclear weapons. The author stresses that the decision to develop nuclear weapons was never made at the highest levels of government until very late in the process. Instead a series of events and smaller decisions led to the development of a nuclear weapon. The author explores the reasons France developed nuclear weapons, including a desire to once again be considered an international power. Throughout the book the author considers the effects of the political situations in France, Europe, and the world on French nuclear policies. The book includes an extensive bibliography.

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