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Weapons of mass destruction

Author: Robert Curley
Publisher: New York : Britannica Educational Pub. : Rosen Educational Services, 2012.
Series: Britannica guide to war.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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With their potential to wreak massive or total devastation, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons have dramatically escalated the stakes of war. As stockpiles of such weapons continue to grow around the world, especially in the years since the Second World War, countries have recognized the need to check their powers. This detailed volume examines various weapons of mass destruction and the science behind them,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Weapons of mass destruction.
New York : Britannica Educational Pub. : Rosen Educational Services, 2012
(DLC) 2011029787
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Curley
ISBN: 9781615307517 1615307516
OCLC Number: 769190182
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 152 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1 Nuclear Weapons: Their Principles And Effects; Principles Of Atomic (Fission) Weapons; The Fission Process; Critical Mass And The Fissile Core; Gun Assembly, Implosion, And Boosting; Principles Of Thermonuclear (Fusion) Weapons; The Fusion Process; Basic Two-Stage Design; Enhanced Designs; The Effects Of Nuclear Weapons; Blast; Thermal Radiation; Initial Radiation; Residual Radiation And Fallout; Nuclear Winter; Electromagnetic Pulse; Chapter 2 The United States:The First Nuclear Power; The First Atomic Bombs. Discovery Of Nuclear FissionProducing A Controlled Chain Reaction; Founding The Manhattan Project; Robert Oppenheimer; Selecting A Weapon Design; Racing To Build The Bombs; The Weapons Are Used; The First Hydrogen Bombs; Origins Of The Super --
Edward Teller; Policy Differences, Technical Problems; The Teller-Ulam Configuration; The Weapons Are Tested; Bikini Atoll; Further Refinements; Chapter 3 The Other Nuclear Powers; The United Kingdom; Atomic Weapons; Thermonuclear Weapons; The British Deterrent Force; The Soviet Union; Atomic Weapons; Julius And Ethel Rosenberg; Thermonuclear Weapons. Andrey SakharovFrance; China; India; Pakistan; A.Q. Khan; Israel; South Africa; North Korea; Other Countries; Taiwan; Argentine And Brazil; Libya; Iraq; Iran; Chapter 4 Nuclear Strategy During the Cold War; The Atomic Bomb And American Strategic Thought; Massive Retaliation; John Foster Dulles; First And Second Strikes; Mutual Assured Destruction; Alternatives To Assured Destruction; Flexible Response; Chapter 5 Nuclear Strategy Through the End of the Cold War; Limited Nuclear War; Henry Kissinger; Conventional Strategy; After The Cold War; Chapter 6 Biological Weapons. Biological Warfare AgentsAnthrax; Defense Against Biological Weapons; Military Defense; Civil Defense; Biological Weapons In History; Pre-20th-Century Use Of Biological Weapons; Biological Weapons In The World Wars; Biological Weapons In The Cold War; Yellow Rain; Biological Weapons Proliferation; Biological Terrorism; Chapter 7 Chemical Weapons; Types Of Chemical Weapons; Chemical Agents; Agent Orange; Properties Of Chemical Weapons; Defense Against Chemical Weapons; On The Battlefield; In Civilian Defense; Chemical Weapons In History; Antiquity; As Weapons Of Mass Destruction. Banning Chemical WeaponsProliferation And Detection Of Chemical Weapons Programs; Chemical Weapons Proliferation; Detection Of Clandestine Programs; Chemical Weapons And Terrorism; Chapter 8 Arms Control And Disarmament; Early Efforts; Arms-Control Agreements During The Cold War; The Cuban Missile Crisis; After The Cold War; Major Arms-Control Treaties; The Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty; The Outer Space Treaty; The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks; The ABM Treaty; The INF Treaty; The Strategic Arms Reduction Talks; The Biological Weapons Convention.
Series Title: Britannica guide to war.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Curley.
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With their potential to wreak massive or total devastation, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons have dramatically escalated the stakes of war. As stockpiles of such weapons continue to grow around the world, especially in the years since the Second World War, countries have recognized the need to check their powers. This detailed volume examines various weapons of mass destruction and the science behind them, their effects on conflict, and the various arms control treaties and agreements that have been introduced to help curb the possibility of overwhelming loss.

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