This book provides an introduction to political and strategic aspects of nuclear weaponry. It offers an accessible overview of the concept of nuclear weapons, outlines how thinking about these weapons has developed and considers how nuclear threats can continue to be managed in the future.


  • General introduction to the book
  • Central aims of the book
  • Pedagogical features
  • Outline of the book
  • Key points and guide to further information and resources

(1) General introduction to the book

Seven decades since their first and only use in war in August 1945, nuclear weapons remain as central to international security in the modern world as they have ever been. The detonation of just one of the approximately 16,300 ...

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