AUTHORStoddart, Kristan
TITLEThe Sword and the Shield: Britain, America, NATO, and Nuclear Weapons, 1970-1976
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2014
ISBN978-0-230-30093-4


The goal of this work is to provide a detailed analysis of British nuclear weapons policy during the governments of Prime Ministers Edward Heath and Harold Wilson from 1970 to 1976. Including recently declassified information from discussions about nuclear cooperation that took place between the British, French and U.S. governments in the 1970s, it explores relationships between British policies and those of the United States, NATO, and France. The author addresses policies related to the manufacture and design of nuclear warheads as well as deployment and delivery systems. Operational strategy and tactics involving nuclear weapons are discussed with respect to national, bilateral, and multilateral environments. In combination with the author’s previous work, Losing an Empire and Finding a Role: Britain, the USA, NATO and Nuclear Weapons, 1964-70, the book provides a comprehensive study of the role of nuclear weapons in Europe during the height of the Cold War.


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