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The dead volcano : the background and effects of nuclear war complacency

Author: Stephen J Cimbala
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Is nuclear war just around the corner? Cimbala argues that nuclear complacency could cause a nuclear war in the 21st century. He reviews pertinent Cold War history to show the difficulty that Americans and Soviets experienced in adjusting their military thinking to the realities of nuclear stalemate. He suggests that the end of the Cold War released many of the brakes on belligerency and brinkmanship that developed  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen J Cimbala
ISBN: 0275973875 9780275973872
OCLC Number: 47002229
Description: xx, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Nuclear Revolution and American Military Strategy --
2. Nuclear Weapons and Soviet Cold War Strategy: Adapting to MADness --
3. Friction and Nuclear Deterrence --
4. A Near Escape? The 1983 "War Scare" and Nuclear Danger --
5. Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-Russian Arms Control --
6. Russian Nuclear Command and Control: Policy and Strategy Perspectives --
7. Cyberwar and Nuclear Deterrence --
8. The Danger of Nuclear Weapons Spread.
Responsibility: Stephen J. Cimbala.


This work argues that nuclear complacency is based on a misreading of history and on unsound political and military analysis. It states that the Soviet-American nonbelligerence of the Cold War is  Read more...
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