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Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy Since 1945

John Gaddis, Philip Gordon, Ernest May, and Jonathan Rosenberg


This book aims to promote debate about John Mueller's thesis that questions whether nuclear weapons had revolutionary effects in international relations. By bringing together evidence of how ten Cold War statesmen thought about nuclear weapons, especially at moments when they had to contemplate setting in motion chains of events that might present them with a clear choice of using or not using them, it concludes that nuclear weapons did play the determining role in making great‐power war obsolete. The essays deal not only with Truman, Churchill, and Stalin but also with Truman's immediate succ ... More

Keywords: Winston Churchill, Cold War, Dwight D. Eisenhower, international relations, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, John Mueller, nuclear weapons, Josef Stalin, Harry S.Truman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294689
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/0198294689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Gaddis, editor
Yale University
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Philip Gordon, editor
National Security Council, Washington

Ernest May, editor
Harvard University
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