AUTHORMoore, Richard
TITLENuclear Illusion, Nuclear Reality: Britain, the United States and Nuclear Weapons, 1958-64
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2010
ISBN978-0-230-23067-5


This book is the second of a four-volume study of the technological development of Britain’s nuclear weapons and its relationship to Britain's foreign and domestic policies between 1958 and 1964. It ties together the political and technical developments that combined to help create Britain’s nuclear arsenal, focusing on the intricate relationship between politics and military expansion. The book is divided into two parts: the first part, Nuclear Illusion, explores nuclear policy making and execution of those policies in Britain’s nuclear industry from 1958 until 1961; the second part, Nuclear Reality, examines policies and technological advances in the nuclear industry from 1961 to 1964, covering Britain’s nuclear relationship with the United States. The book illuminates Britain’s struggle for a credible, independent nuclear program and the nation’s frequent reliance on the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The book also narrates the evolution of Britain’s nuclear research and development, with sections devoted to specific weaponry. Appendices present tables showing Britain's estimated deliverable nuclear weapons stockpile and estimated fissile materials stockpile.


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