The Key to Nuclear Restraint

The Swedish Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War

  • Thomas Jonter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  3. Thomas Jonter
    Pages 125-193
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    Pages 255-269
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-293

About this book


Why have some nations acquired nuclear weapons while others have refrained from doing so? Most research related to this question has focused on states that have built nuclear weapons, yet little attention has been devoted to countries that have chosen nuclear restraint. This book analyzes Swedish plans to acquire nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Sweden was very close to putting a bomb together in 1960s but, for a number of reasons illuminated in this book, decision makers abandoned those plans and subsequently rose to become one of the most recognized players in the international game of disarmament. Thanks to the recent declassification of essential documentation in Sweden and United States, it is now possible to assemble a comprehensive analysis of the Swedish nuclear weapons program based on primary sources. This book presents that analysis, a unique perspective owing to the fact that nuclear development is a highly secretive activity in most countries – with non-existent or limited access to state archives.


Nuclear weapons Nuclear war Nuclear restraint Disarmament International Sweden Cold War

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Jonter
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of International StudiesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58112-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58113-6
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