Power Relations: The Foreign Office, the Board of Trade and the Development of Civil Nuclear Power, 1945–70

  • Stephen Twigge


In the aftermath of the Second World War, the race to harness and exploit the military potential of atomic energy became a significant factor in international affairs. Initially, Britain sought to maintain the close collaboration on nuclear policy that had existed with the United States during the war. The passage of the McMahon Act in 1946, however, which prohibited the sharing of American nuclear secrets with other states, thwarted this ambition.

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  • Stephen Twigge
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  1. 1.The National ArchivesLondonUK

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