AUTHORRyan, Mark A.
TITLEChinese Attitudes Toward Nuclear Weapons: China and the United States During the Korean War
PUBLISHERM.E. Sharpe Inc.
CITYArmonk, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1989
ISBN0-87332-530-3


This historical analysis investigates the origins of Chinese perspectives and policies on nuclear weapons and warfare, asserting that they were largely forged during the Korean War period. A scholar in East Asian History and a former member of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the author focuses on events and source material from before and during the Korean War, and in this context tracks Chinese attitudes regarding nuclear weapons and China's developing nuclear weapons policies. Varied sources inform his discussion, including official documents of the U.S. and Chinese governments as well as materials from the Chinese mass media, Chinese political pamphlets and personal memoirs, and Western materials published between 1945 and 1950. He emphasizes the importance of the writings of British nuclear physicist P.M.S. Blackett, who the author believes had the greatest influence on Chinese thinking on nuclear topics. The book includes extensive chapter notes and several appendices.


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