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Despite glasnost and the unexpected thaw in East-West relations, American foreign policy continues to evolve within the shadow of a nuclear strategy profoundly shaped by the writings of Bernard Brodie.

Renowned as "the American Clausewitz," Bernard Brodie (1910-1978) was one of the premier architects and proponents of the strategy of deterrence and one of the most articulate voices in the debate over the role of nuclear weapons. His writings reflect his struggle with the dramatic shift in defense strategy brought about by "the bomb" and his unswerving belief that nuclear weapons had made total war obsolete.

Steiner maps out Brodie's strategic thought as it developed from the best-selling Seapower in the Machine Age (1941) and The Absolute Weapon: Atomic Power and World Order (1946) through Strategy and the Missile Age (1959) and War and Politics (1973), and in his articles, lectures, reports, and speeches. He analyzes how Brodie and other strategists tried to cope with the juggernaut of change in nuclear weapons systems, Soviet expansionist aims, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a host of other events and issues. Steiner shows that Brodie was instrumental in shaping American national strategy for the last half-century.

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Brodie (1910-1978) in best known as the leading conceptualizer and proponent of using nuclear weapons to deter aggression. Steiner (political science, California State U., Long Beach) critically examines Brodie's work, the intellectual climate in which it was expressed, its influence on other strategic thinkers, and its continuing relevance.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-356) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Michael D. Intriligator and Roman Kolkowicz

Preface

1. Introduction and Overview

2. Using the Absolute Weapon

3. Using History: Morale as a Bombing Target

4. Using History: Economic Targets

5. The H-Bomb: Strategic Air Warfare

6. The H-Bomb: Battlefield Warfare

7. Limited War

8. Escalation

9. On Strategy and Strategists

10. Conclusions

Appendix: Bernard Brodie--A Chronology

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700604418
Author:
Steiner, Barry H.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Author:
Barry H. Ste
Author:
iner
Location:
Lawrence :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Nuclear warfare
Subject:
Military policy
Subject:
United States Military policy.
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Subject:
Military - Other
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
500-154.
Publication Date:
19910731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.28x6.38x1.33 in. 1.66 lbs.

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