AUTHORBaylis, John / Stoddart, Kristan
TITLEThe British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Beliefs, Culture, and Identity
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

The authors' stated goal for this book is to provide a comprehensive review of British nuclear weapons policy and strategic doctrine since 1945. Using an approach to political theory that focuses on beliefs, culture, and identity, they analyze the motivations for the British decision to develop atomic and hydrogen bombs, the Anglo-American nuclear relationship, and the impetus for the Polaris and Trident nuclear submarine programs. Organized chronologically, the work offers a comprehensive yet accessible look at thought processes of the decision-making core of politicians, civil servants and military leaders with regard to Britain's nuclear policy since World War II. The authors conclude that debate over the danger and utility of nuclear weapons is necessary since nuclear policy, such as that of nuclear deterrence, is based on belief systems and not authoritative truths regarding how best to preserve national security.

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