AUTHORGill, David James
TITLEBritain and the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy, 1964 - 1970
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

The author charts the evolution of British nuclear diplomacy under the leadership of Prime Minister Harold Wilson, revealing the challenges Wilson faced in trying to balance his own objectives against broader domestic and international influences. The narrative focuses on Wilson’s two terms of office from 1964 to 1970, a critical period of nuclear history – when the role of British nuclear forces and proposals for nuclear sharing and cooperation raised important political and diplomatic issues. Gill also covers Wilson’s support of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and the important British role in negotiating it. The book describes Wilson’s commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and his continued support of the British nuclear weapons program in the face of domestic, economic, and political hurdles. An initial chapter provides background through a discussion of British nuclear policy between 1945 and 1962. The author draws on primary sources from Europe and the United States as well as secondary sources and official documents.

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