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Palgrave Macmillan

The Sword and the Shield

Britain, America, NATO and Nuclear Weapons, 1970-1976

ISBN 9780230300934
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Nuclear Weapons and International Security since 1945

The Sword and the Shield reveals for the first time declassified discussions that took place between the British, French and US governments for nuclear cooperation in the early to mid-1970s. In doing so, it sets the scene for the top secret upgrade to Britain's Polaris force, codenamed Chevaline, and how this could have brought down Harold Wilson's Labour government of 1974-1976. It also analyses the evolution of NATO strategy in this period into something that was capable of a flexible response to Warsaw Pact aggression – a response that, if enacted, could well have been apocalyptic.

Kristan Stoddart is Lecturer in Cyber Security in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK. He previously worked at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies at the University of Southampton, UK.

1. The Heath government and the Not So Special Relationship, 1970-1974
2. The 'special nuclear relationship' under Heath, 1970-1974
3. Britain, NATO's Evolving Military Doctrine and its Nuclear Planning Group: the Balance between the Sword and the Shield, 1970-1974
4. National Strategy and Multilateral Priorities:British 'Tactical' Nuclear Operations, 1970-1974
5. The Last Wilson Governments and Strategic Nuclear Deterrence, 1974-1976
6. Nuclear Testing and the Practicalities of Moving Chevaline to Completion, 1974-1976
7. Britain, America and NATO Modernisation, 1974-1976
8. Tactical Nuclear Weapons, Operational Employment and Conventional Defence, 1974-1976


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