Ow did nuclear weapons affect the dynamics of the Cold War?

All submitted assessment should be word-processed, and be fully referenced.


Learning Outcomes:
Having completed the session the student should be able to:

Demonstrate and understanding of the dynamics of nuclear strategy in the Cold War. i § Evaluate the impact of nuclear weapons on the Cold War.
Discuss the moral dilemmas nuclear weapons pose.



Essential Reading


Jervis, R., a?The Political Effects of Nuclear Weapons: A Commenta, International Security, 13:2 (1988), pp. 80-90.

Gaddis, J.L., a?Nuclear Weapons and the Escalation of the Cold Wara, in We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 221-259.

United States Joint Chiefs of Staff (1961), a?Briefing for the President on SIOP-62a [appendix to: Sagan, Scott (1987), a?SIOP-62: The Nuclear War Plan Briefing to President Kennedya, International Security 12:1, pp. 41-51].

Recommended Reading


Allison, G. and P. Zelikow, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, 2nd ed. (Harlow: Longman, 1999).

Alperovitz, G., Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam, rev. ed. (London: Pluto, 1994).

Freedman, L., a?The First Two Generations of Nuclear Strategistsa, in P. Paret (ed), Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986).

Freedman, L., The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy, 3rd ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003).

Furesenko, A. and T. Natfali, a?One Hell of a Gamblea: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964 (New York: Norton, 1997).

Gaddis, J..L., et al. (eds), Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb: Nuclear Diplomacy since 1945 (Oxford: Oxford university Press, 1999).

Heuser, B., The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons in Their Historical, Strategic and Ethical Context (Longman, 2000).

Jervis, R., The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution: Statecraft and the Prospect of Armageddon (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989).

Kennedy, R., Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis, rev. ed. (New York: Norton, 1999).

Miller, D., The Cold War: A Military History (London: Pimlico, 2001).

Rosenberg, D.A., a?The Origins of Overkill: Nuclear Weapons and American Strategy, 1945-1960a, International Security 7:4 (1983), pp. 3-71.

Rosenberg, D.A., a?a?A Smoking Radiating Ruin at the End of Two Hoursa?: Documents on American Plans for Nuclear War with the Soviet Union, 1954-55a, International Security, 6:3 (1981-1982), pp. 3-38.

Thompson, E. P. et al., Exterminism and Cold War (London: New Left Books, 1982).

Trachtenberg, M., a?A a?Wasting Asseta?: American Strategy and the Shifting Nuclear Balance, 1949-1954a, International Security 13:3 (1988-1989), pp. 5-49.