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Nuclear rivals : Anglo-American atomic relations, 1941-1952

Author: Septimus H Paul
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Relying on recently declassified government records relating to postwar atomic research, Septimus H. Paul analyzes how the governments of the United States and Great Britain between 1939 and 1945 collaborated on developing the atomic bomb. Capitalizing on the availability of physicists and chemists who had fled Hitler's Germany, U.S. and British scientists were able to repeat within a few weeks the test of nuclear  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Septimus H Paul
ISBN: 0814208525 9780814208526
OCLC Number: 43615254
Description: ix, 266 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Septimus H. Paul.

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"Relying on recently declassified government records relating to postwar atomic research, Septimus H. Paul analyzes how the governments of the United States and Great Britain between 1939 and 1945 collaborated on developing the atomic bomb. Capitalizing on the availability of physicists and chemists who had fled Hitler's Germany, U.S. and British scientists were able to repeat within a few weeks the test of nuclear fission first performed by two German chemists and strive toward cooperative development of the bomb during World War II. But the death of Roosevelt and Truman's succession in 1945, coupled with Churchill's loss of the prime ministership to Clement Attlee, marked a definite change in Anglo-American atomic policy." "After detonating the bomb, the United States became less willing to abide by the terms of wartime agreements pledging to continue postwar collaboration. Paul examines the postwar controversy surrounding noncollaboration and its effects on the British-American special relationship. He also shows how American unwillingness to collaborate forced the British to pursue an independent atomic program. On October 3, 1952, the British finally detonated their own atomic bomb."--Jacket.

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