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Nuclear Weapons and British Strategic Planning, 1955–1958

Martin S. Navias


During the 1950s nuclear weapons began to play an increasingly important role in Britain’s defence policy. The development of thermonuclear bombs and assessments of the great destruction that would result from an exchange of nuclear warheads helped alter Britain’s planning for war, and influenced the structure and deployment of her armed forces. This book analyses the significance of the 1957 White Paper on Defence in the context of British strategic planning during the mid-1950s. It assesses claims that the White Paper represented a culmination of trends already prevalent in British defence p ... More

Keywords: Britain’s defence policy, thermonuclear bombs, nuclear warheads, Defence White Paper, Duncan Sandys

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198277545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin S. Navias, author
King’s College, London