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Author King, William

Title Nerve agents in postwar Britain : deterrence, publicity and disarmament, 1945-1976 / William King
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 290 pages)
Series Britain and the World
Britain and the world.
Contents Introduction -- British Defence Policy and the Nerve Agents in Postwar Britain, 1945-1950 -- A Step Too Far: The Nerve Agents and the Global Strategy Paper, 1951-1953 -- Another Reverse Course: From Dependence to Acquisition, 1958-1963 -- A 'Secret Deterrent' and a 'Campaign of Criticism', 1964-1969 -- From the CS Debacle to the Rise of CW Disarmament, 1970-1976 -- Conclusion: from discovery to disarmament
Summary This book reveals the nature and level of British engagement with controversial and lethal nerve agent weapons from the end of the Second World War to Britains submission of a draft Chemical Weapons Convention. At the very heart of this highly secretive aspect of British defence policy were fundamental questions over whether Britain should acquire nerve agent weapons for potential first-use against the Soviet Union, retain them purely for their deterrence value, or drive for either unilateral or international chemical weapons disarmament. These considerations and concerns over nerve agent weapons were not limited to low-level defence committees, nor were they consigned to the periphery, but featured prominently at the highest levels of the British government and defence planning. Importantly, and despite stringent secrecy, the book further uncovers how public scrutiny and protest movements played a substantial and successful part in influencing policy and attitudes towards nerve agent weapons. William King is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London, UK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Nerve gases -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Deterrence (Strategy) -- History -- 20th century
Deterrence (Strategy)
Military policy -- Decision making
Nerve gases
Great Britain -- Military policy -- Decision making
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783030704742