9780714651958

The Royal Navy and Nuclear Weapons

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  • ISBN13:

    9780714651958

  • ISBN10:

    0714651958

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-09-29
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This work examines British thinking about nuclear weapons in the period up to about 1970, looking at the subject through the eyes of the Royal Navy, in the belief that this can offer new insights in this field. The author argues that the Navy was always sceptical about nuclear weapons, both on practical grounds and because of wartime and pre-war experiences. He suggests that this scepticism can teach us a good deal about military technological innovation in general. Both the defensive and offensive implications of nuclear weapons are considered, using recently declassified documents to show that "broken-backed warfare - the 1950s idea that a war between the East and West could continue after a nuclear exchange - had considerably greater intellectual and practical foundations than has previously been acknowledged. Examining naval involvement in the British nuclear weapons programme in detail, this work argues that the Navy's interest in a share of the strategic deterrent role has often been considerablyoverstated.

Author Biography

Richard Moore was awarded his PhD (on which this book is based) by the University of Hull in 2000

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vi
Series Editor's Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
List of Abbreviations
xi
Introduction 1(38)
First Thoughts
39(25)
Broken-backed Warfare
64(30)
Nuclear Ambitions
94(29)
Nuclear Stalemate
123(29)
Polaris and Beyond
152(32)
Conclusions
184(14)
Epilogue: Thirty Years of Consensus 198(5)
Appendix: Royal Navy Nuclear Stockpiles 203(3)
Bibliography 206(29)
Index 235

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