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Learning to Love the Bomb: Canada's Nuclear Weapons during the Cold War

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In Learning to Love the Bomb, Sean M. Maloney explores the controversial subject of Canada's acquisition of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Based on newly declassified Canadian and U.S. documents, it examines policy, strategy, operational, and technical matters and weaves these seemingly disparate elements into a compelling story that finally unlocks several Cold War mysteries. For example, while U.S. military forces during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis were focused on the Caribbean Sea and the southeastern United States, Canadian forces assumed responsibility for defending the northern United States, with aircraft armed with nuclear depth charges flying patrols and guarding against missile attack by Soviet submarines. This defensive strategy was a closely guarded secret because it conflicted with Canada's image as a peacekeeper and therefore a more passive member of NATO than its ally to the south. It is revealed here for the first time. The place of nuclear weapons in Canadian history has, until now, been a highly secret and misunderstood field subject to rumor, rhetoric, half-truths, and propaganda. Learning to Love the Bombreveals the truth about Canada's role as a nuclear power.

Table of Contents

Canada and the Cold War to 1951 — Fear is not an option: a new strategy, 1952-1955 — The goalie's big stick: Canadian strategy and the new look, 1955-1957 — Information is power: Canada and nuclear weapons testing — There was only one catch: Diefenbaker takes control, 1956-1957 — Is power nothing without control? continental defence problems and domestic politics, 1957-1959 — Engines for Armageddon: Canadian nuclear forces and NATO, 1957-1960 — Enter Thor's gauntlet, wielding a wrench: Canadian problems with the USAF Strategic Air Command, 1958-1960 — Canada's nuclear crisis, part I: a year of transition, 1960 — Canada's nuclear crisis, part II: frustrating incrementalism, 1961 — Dodging the nuclear bullet: Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962-1963 — Close to the apex: the Pearson government, nuclear weapons, and national security policy, 1963-1964 — Delivering the bomb: Canada goes nuclear — Conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781612342474
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Subject:
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Author:
Maloney, Sean M.
Subject:
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Subject:
History : Military - Nuclear Warfare
Publication Date:
August 2007
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
400

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History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Canada

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