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.

Testing, Defining and Delivering Nuclear Weapons

Testing, Defining and Delivering Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear testing
  • Radiation, contamination and fallout
  • Defining nuclear weapons
  • Different ways to deliver nuclear weapons
  • Who has what: current nuclear forces
  • Key points and guide to further reading and resources

Although nuclear weapons have only ever been used twice in warfare, global stockpiles of nuclear arms have grown exponentially since 1945 (see Chapter 3), including new devices designed for ...

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