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The Strategy of Nuclear Test Limitation

Ian Clark

in Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198273707
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273707.003.0007

Series: Nuclear History Program

The Strategy of Nuclear Test Limitation

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This chapter focuses on the issue of nuclear testing, which provides a compelling illustration of the dilemmas of Britain's nuclear policy as a whole and of the ambivalence of the relationship with the United States. In most respects, the spectre of an imminent agreement to stop or limit testing of weapons appeared to be deeply disadvantageous to the United Kingdom given that, by early 1957, it had still to test its first megaton bomb. None the less, it was Macmillan's strategy to attempt to turn this vulnerability into a point of bargaining advantage within the Anglo-American relationship by insisting that the special needs of Britain be met as the price of any British compliance with American test-limitation initiatives.

Keywords: ambivalence; Macmillan; megaton bomb; nuclear testing; nuclear policy

Chapter.  12789 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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