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The British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Ideas and Beliefs (Part One) / John Baylis, Kris Stoddart

Diplomacy & Statecraft, Volume: 23, Issue: 2, Pages: 331 - 346

Swansea University Author: Kris Stoddart

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Strategic culture, beliefs, and perceived status in an anarchic international system played a crucial role in the development of British nuclear weapons policy from its inception in the Second World War through to the Nassau Agreement in 1962 that provided Britain with a sophisticated submarine nucl...

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Published in: Diplomacy & Statecraft
ISSN: 0959-2296 1557-301X
Published: Informa UK Limited 2012
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa57343
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Abstract: Strategic culture, beliefs, and perceived status in an anarchic international system played a crucial role in the development of British nuclear weapons policy from its inception in the Second World War through to the Nassau Agreement in 1962 that provided Britain with a sophisticated submarine nuclear deterrent—Part Two, in the next issue of Diplomacy and Statecraft, will look at the period from 1962 to the present day. Adopting what has been described as a “Conventional Constructivist” approach, the argument is that these ideational factors have helped to shape the character of Britain's nuclear capability and the operational plans for the potential employment of those capabilities. It also provides an insight into how these factors have shaped elite views of the UK nuclear deterrent in the crucial early years of its development.
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 2
Start Page: 331
End Page: 346