A History of Chemical and Biological Weapons

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Following the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax letters that appeared in their wake, the threat posed by the widespread accessibility of chemical and biological weapons has continually been used to stir public fear and opinion by politicians and the media alike. InChemical and Biological Weapons, Edward M. Spiers cuts through the scare tactics and hype to provide a thorough and even-handed examination of the weapons themselvesthe various types and effectsand their evolution from World War I to the present. Spiers describes the similarities and differences between the two types of weapons and how technological advancements have led to tactical innovations in their use over time. As well, he gives equal attention to the international response to the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons, analyzing global efforts aimed at restraining their use, such as deterrence and disarmament, and the effectiveness of these approaches in the twentieth century. Using Iraq as a case study, Spiers also investigates its deployment of chemical weapons in the Iran-Iraq War and the attempts by the international community to disarm Iraq through the United Nations Special Commission and the United States-led war in 2003. A timely and balanced historical survey,Chemical and Biological Weaponswill be of interest to readers studying the proliferation and use of chemical and biological warfare and the reactions of the international community throughout the last several decades.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Abbreviationsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
The Legacy of Gas Warfare in the First World Warp. 27
Deterrence and Disarmament: Responses to Chemical and Biological Warfare, 1919-93p. 47
Chemical Warfare in Third World Conflictsp. 69
The Proliferation of Chemical and Biological Weaponsp. 89
Iraq's Chemical and Biological Warfare Programmesp. 102
Chemical and Biological Terrorismp. 126
Conclusion: The Evolving Nature of Chemical and Biological Warfarep. 151
Referencesp. 179
Select Bibliographyp. 207
Acknowledgementsp. 209
Indexp. 210
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