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The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution: Power Politics in the Atomic Age

Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press


Leading analysts have predicted for decades that nuclear weapons would help pacify international politics. The core notion is that countries protected by these fearsome weapons can stop competing so intensely with their adversaries: they can end their arms races, scale back their alliances, and stop jockeying for strategic territory. But rarely have theory and practice been so opposed. Why do international relations in the nuclear age remain so competitive? Indeed, why are today's major geopolitical rivalries intensifying? This book tackles the central puzzle of the nuclear age: the persistenc ... More

Keywords: nuclear weapons, international relations, nuclear age, Cold War superpowers, nuclear revolution, nuclear instability, conventional conflict, nuclear war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749292
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keir A. Lieber, author
Georgetown University

Daryl G. Press, author
Dartmouth College

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