Nuclear Taboo The United States and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons Since 1945

ISBN-10: 0521524288

ISBN-13: 9780521524285

Edition: 2005

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Why have nuclear weapons not been used since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945? Nina Tannenwald disputes the conventional answer of 'deterrence' as incomplete. She argues in favour of a 'nuclear taboo' - a widespread inhibition on using nuclear weapons - which has arisen in global politics. Drawing on newly-released archival sources, Tannenwald traces the rise of the nuclear taboo, forces that produced it, and its influence, particularly on US leaders. She analyzes four critical instances where US leaders considered using nuclear weapons (Japan 1945, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War 1991) and examines how the nuclear taboo has repeatedly dissuaded US and other world leaders from resorting to 'ultimate weapons'. Through a systematic analysis, Tannenwald challenges conventional conceptions of deterrence and offers a compelling argument on the moral bases of nuclear restraint as well as an important insight into how nuclear war can be avoided in the future.
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Nina Tannenwald is associate research professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction: the tradition of nuclear non-use
Explaining non-use
Hiroshima and the origins of the nuclear taboo
The Korean War: the emerging taboo
The rise of the nuclear taboo, 1953-1960
Nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War
Institutionalizing the taboo, 1960-1989
The 1991 Gulf War
The taboo in the post-Cold War world
Conclusion: the prospects for the nuclear taboo
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Index
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