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Nuclear Weapons, the End of the Cold War, and the Future of the International System

  • John Lewis Gaddis
Part of the Issues in International Security book series (IIS)

Abstract

It is not given to many generations to witness a completely unprecedented event. The collapse of empires, the overthrow of dynasties, the outbreak of plagues, the onset of revolutions, and even the improvement of the human condition itself— all of these are categories of events, which means that they have happened before and will almost certainly happen again. There are very few occurrences of which it can be said that nothing like them has ever taken place; there are not very many true points of departure in human affairs after which nothing can be even remotely similar again.

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Nuclear Weapon Great Power International System Atomic Bomb North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Lewis Gaddis
    • 1
  1. 1.Contemporary History InstituteOhio UniversityAthensUSA

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