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The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy

New, Updated and Completely Revised

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Originally published in 1981, the leading text on nuclear strategy has been updated and completely revised for its fourth edition

  • The new edition benefits greatly from important contemporary scholarship and newly-available archival material on the history of nuclear strategy

  • A new global perspective includes more material on the Israeli, Indian, Pakistani, North Korean, Iraqi and Iranian nuclear programmes

  • Provides a critical commentary on all positions from abolitionists to nuclear war-fighters

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Table of contents (44 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Arrival of the Bomb

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 1-15
  3. The Strategy of Hiroshima

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 17-33
  4. Offence and Defence

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 35-50
  5. Aggression and Retaliation

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 51-63
  6. Strategy for an Atomic Monopoly

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 65-82
  7. Strategy for an Atomic Stalemate

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 83-101
  8. Massive Retaliation

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 103-120
  9. Limited Objectives

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 121-133
  10. Limited Means

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 135-153
  11. The Importance of Being First

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 155-168
  12. Sputnik and the Soviet Threat

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 169-178
  13. Soviet Strategy After Stalin

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 179-192
  14. The Technological Arms Race

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 193-211
  15. New Sources of Strategy

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 213-230
  16. The Strategy of Stable Conflict

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 231-242
  17. Disarmament to Arms Control

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 243-257
  18. Operational Nuclear Strategy

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 259-277
  19. Khrushchev’s Second-Best Deterrent

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 279-289
  20. Defending Europe

    • Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
    Pages 291-300

About this book

“The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy quickly established itself as a classic when it first appeared in 1981. This edition makes it even better, incorporating as it does new material about the Cold War and up-dating to include subsequent developments. Filled with insights and penetrating analysis, this volume is truly indispensable.”
Robert Jervis, Author of How Statesmen Think
 
"Freedman and Michaels have written a thorough and thought-provoking guide to nuclear strategy. The authors analyze the causes of both wise and unwise strategic decisions in the past and thereby shine a bright light on dilemmas we face in our common nuclear future."
Scott Sagan, Stanford University, USA

“With its comprehensive coverage, clear and direct language, and judicious summaries of a vast literature, this new and wholly revised edition of The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy will be essential reading for any student of nuclear history, strategic studies, or contemporary international relations.”
Matthew Jones, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

First published in 1981, Lawrence Freedman's The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy was immediately acclaimed as the standard work on the history of attempts to cope militarily and politically with the terrible destructive power of nuclear weapons. It has now been completely rewritten, drawing on a wide range of new research, and updated to take account of the period following the end of the cold war, and covering all nuclear powers.

Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London, UK. He was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997 and was a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War. His most recent books include Strategy: A History (2015) and The Future of War: A History (2017).

Jeffrey Michaels is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London, UK

Keywords

  • nuclear weapons
  • nuclear strategy
  • Cold War
  • deterrence
  • proportionality
  • parity
  • vertical proliferation
  • horizontal proliferation
  • rationality
  • assured destruction
  • vulnerability
  • primacy
  • second strike
  • systems analysis
  • SALT
  • START
  • security
  • strategic defence
  • trust
  • second- and third-order issues

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of War Studies, King’s College London, London, UK

    Lawrence Freedman

  • Department of Defence Studies, King’s College London, London, UK

    Jeffrey Michaels

About the authors

Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London, UK. He was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997 and was a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War. His most recent books include Strategy: A History (2015) and The Future of War: A History (2017).

Jeffrey Michaels is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London, UK

Bibliographic Information

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USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-57350-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)