AUTHORPerkovich, George
TITLEIndia's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA
DATE PUBLISHED1999
ISBN0-520-21772-1


This book provides a detailed and carefully documented analytical history of India’s nuclear explosive program from 1947 through the May 1998 tests. The history is divided into three periods: 1947 to 1974 during which Indian scientists developed the means to produce nuclear weapons, 1974-1995 when India did not conduct follow-up tests and did not build a nuclear arsenal, and 1995-1998 when India's policy of nuclear restraint changed and led to the 1998 tests. The author draws on interviews with former high-ranking officials to reveal some of the history, international relations, and nonproliferation policy in India throughout that period. He argues that internal policy and politics were more important than the international strategic environment in shaping the nuclear explosive program. Additionally, he explores factors that have kept India from changing its nuclear weapon program, and criticizes the United States for non-proliferation policies that made it difficult for the U.S. to influence India’s nuclear intentions and capabilities. The book includes photographs of Indian leaders in nuclear energy.


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