Nuclear disarmament

Authored by: David Krieger

Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies

Print publication date:  February  2007
Online publication date:  March  2007

Print ISBN: 9780415396653
eBook ISBN: 9780203089163
Adobe ISBN: 9781134154814

10.4324/9780203089163.ch8

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Abstract

The effort to achieve nuclear disarmament cannot be understood without providing an historical perspective going back to the pre-nuclear Age, at least to the formative years of the late 1930s. The US initiative to develop nuclear weapons emerged from the tensions in Europe that would lead to the Second World War, mainly from concerns about the potential of the Nazi-controlled German government to harness the power of the atom for destructive purposes.

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