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Author Johnston, Andrew M., 1963-

Title Hegemony and culture in the origins of NATO nuclear first-use, 1945-1955 / Andrew M. Johnston
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (x, 329 pages)
Contents The Persistence of Nuclear First-Use -- Culture, War, Empire -- The Persistence of the Old Regime: British, French and American Strategic Culture before 1949 -- Disembodied Military Planning: the Political-Economy of Conventional Strategy, 1949-1950 -- Mind the Gap: The Paper Divisions and Cardboard Wings of the Lisbon Force Goals, 1951-1952 -- Strategies of Peripheralism: France, Britain and the American New Look -- Two Cultures of Massive Retaliation: Neo-Isolationism and the Idealism of John Foster Dulles -- Hegemony Versus Multilateralism: Nuclear Sharing and NATO's Search for Cohesion -- "Our Plans May Not Be Purely Defensive": Leading NATO into the Nuclear Era -- Conclusion: What Does Culture Tell Us about NATO Nuclear Strategy that We Were Afraid to Ask?
Summary Johnston argues that the preemptive first use of nuclear weapons, long the foundation of American nuclear strategy, was not the carefully reasoned response to a growing Soviet conventional threat. Instead, it was part of a process of cultural "socialization," by which the United States reconstituted the previously nationalist strategic cultures of the European allies into a seamless western community directed by Washington
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-317) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- Military policy.
Deterrence (Strategy)
Nuclear warfare.
Nuclear weapons -- Europe.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2005045965
ISBN 128136777X