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American perceptions of the Soviet Union as a nuclear adversary : (vedlagt: dansk opsummering)

Author: Erik Beukel
Publisher: London and New York : Pinter Publishers, 1989
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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The character of the Soviet Union as a nuclear superpower is debated nowhere more hotly than in the USA, where views seem to be influenced not merely by Soviet behaviour, but also by US perceptions  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Beukel
ISBN: 0861870336 9780861870332
OCLC Number: 464147728
Description: viii, 408 p.
Contents: Part 1 Introduction: the Soviet Union as nuclear adversary, 1949-61; studies of American images and perceptions; perceptions - definitions and uses; issues and questions. Part 2 Images 1961-74: Two ideal types; a nuclear essentialism; Soviet essentialism; the Kennedy administration, 1961-63; the Johnson administration, 1963-69; the Nixon administration, 1969-74. Part 3 Images 1974-89: the Ford administration, 1974-77; the Carter administration, 1977-81; the Reagan administration, 1981-89. Part 4 Synthesis: fixtures, trends and swings, 1961-89. Part 5 The process of perception - the domestic setting: analyzing processes of perception; the expressive function; the instrumental function. Part 6 The object of perception - Soviet Union as a superpower: analyzing the Soviet Union as a superpower; nuclear deployments; negotiating behaviour; military doctrine; leadership statements; various manifestations; risk-taking and the use of armed forces. Part 7 Comparing images and operational environments: on evaluating images; fixtures; trends; American perceptions and the fundamental attribution error. Part 8 Conclusions: political dynamics of the nuclear issue; reflections on western policies; looking to the future.

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