Avoiding Armageddon: Europe, the United States, and the by Susanna Schrafstetter,Stephen Twigge

By Susanna Schrafstetter,Stephen Twigge

From the destruction of Hiroshima to the realization of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, the overseas group struggled to halt the nuclear hands race and to avoid the annihilation of humanity. This examine bargains an obtainable and authoritative account of ecu coverage during this serious measurement of worldwide politics. How a lot effect did Europeans exert in Washington? Why have been ecu goals frequently at variance with U.S. expectancies? To what volume did differing nationwide agendas on non-proliferation reason friction in the Western Alliance? Schrafstetter and Twigge research 5 projects designed to avoid or restrain the nuclear palms race: the foreign alternative, the economic choice, the ethical alternative, the multilateral choice, and the felony alternative. Their conclusions express the level to which non-proliferation coverage ruled eu politics and the transatlantic relationship.

The overseas alternative specializes in early UN plans for foreign keep an eye on of atomic strength (1946-48). the economic choice assesses the effect of Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace suggestion of 1953 and the impression of civil nuclear energy. the ethical alternative charts overseas makes an attempt to outlaw the checking out of nuclear guns, leading to the 1963 Partial try out Ban Treaty. The multilateral choice discusses the position of collective nuclear forces in addressing West German calls for for nuclear equality inside NATO. The criminal choice explores British, French, and West German attitudes to nuclear disarmament and charts the foreign force to forestall the unfold of nuclear guns culminating within the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968. through the research, recognition is targeted at the position of the eu powers and their effect on either Washington and Moscow.

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