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Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special RelationshipBritain's Deterrent and America, 1957–1962$
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Ian Clark

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273707.001.0001

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The Strategy of Nuclear Test Limitation

The Strategy of Nuclear Test Limitation

(p.190) 6 The Strategy of Nuclear Test Limitation
Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship

Ian Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the issue of nuclear testing, which provides a compelling illustration of the dilemmas of Britain's nuclear policy as a whole and of the ambivalence of the relationship with the United States. In most respects, the spectre of an imminent agreement to stop or limit testing of weapons appeared to be deeply disadvantageous to the United Kingdom given that, by early 1957, it had still to test its first megaton bomb. None the less, it was Macmillan's strategy to attempt to turn this vulnerability into a point of bargaining advantage within the Anglo-American relationship by insisting that the special needs of Britain be met as the price of any British compliance with American test-limitation initiatives.

Keywords:   ambivalence, Macmillan, megaton bomb, nuclear testing, nuclear policy

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