© 1998

Nuclear Mentalities? Strategies and Beliefs in Britain, France and the FRG


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Beatrice Heuser
    Pages 3-74
  3. Beatrice Heuser
    Pages 75-178
  4. Beatrice Heuser
    Pages 260-268
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-277

About this book


Concepts associated with nuclear strategy often go beyond any 'objective' logic of deterrence. Nuclear weapons have special roles in different national belief-systems, myths surround them, they have catalysed tensions already existing in societies, become symbols of power or of past sins. This book delves into the conscious and subconscious beliefs in Britain, France and the Federal Republic of Germany (all voiced in debates about nuclear strategy) about society, the State and power structures, each country's place in the world, the international system, allies and enemies.


Germany logic myths Protest state strategy The Conscious weapons

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonUK

About the authors

Beatrice Heuser is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.

Bibliographic information


' important contribution to the search for a more diversified approach to strategic studies.' - Sten Rynning, Contemporary Security Policy

'...authoritative, engaging and lucid...should be a key text for students...Heuser's book is intellectually stimulating and entertaining.' - Mervyn O'Driscoll, Intelligence and National Security