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The British Nuclear Experience: The Role of Beliefs, Culture, and Status (Part Two) / Kris Stoddart, John Baylis

Diplomacy & Statecraft, Volume: 23, Issue: 3, Pages: 493 - 516

Swansea University Author: Kris Stoddart

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Part One of this article, which appeared in the last edition of Diplomacy and Statecraft, argued that the origins and early development of British nuclear weapons was largely driven by the particular ideas and beliefs of a relatively small political, scientific, and military elite. It is also argued...

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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/cronfa57344
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Abstract: Part One of this article, which appeared in the last edition of Diplomacy and Statecraft, argued that the origins and early development of British nuclear weapons was largely driven by the particular ideas and beliefs of a relatively small political, scientific, and military elite. It is also argued that these beliefs, which developed into a “deterrence state of mind” amongst the elite, derived in part from a traditional strategic culture that emphasised the importance of producing the most sophisticated weapons of the day to protect Britain's diplomatic and security interests in a largely anarchic international system. Part Two argues that these ideational factors, based on a “realist” perspective of international security held by Britain's political-military leadership, have remained of crucial importance through to the present day.
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 3
Start Page: 493
End Page: 516