The Key to Nuclear Restraint

The Swedish Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War

Authors: Jonter, Thomas

  • Analyzes Swedish plans to acquire nuclear weapons during the Cold War
  • Demonstrates how decision makers abandoned rose to become one of the most recognized players in the international game of disarmament
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About this book

Why have some nations acquired nuclear weapons while others have refrained from doing so? Most research related to this question has focused on states that have built nuclear weapons, yet little attention has been devoted to countries that have chosen nuclear restraint. This book analyzes Swedish plans to acquire nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Sweden was very close to putting a bomb together in 1960s but, for a number of reasons illuminated in this book, decision makers abandoned those plans and subsequently rose to become one of the most recognized players in the international game of disarmament. Thanks to the recent declassification of essential documentation in Sweden and United States, it is now possible to assemble a comprehensive analysis of the Swedish nuclear weapons program based on primary sources. This book presents that analysis, a unique perspective owing to the fact that nuclear development is a highly secretive activity in most countries – with non-existent or limited access to state archives.

About the authors

Thomas Jonter is Director of Stockholm University Graduate School of International Studies, Sweden, and Professor of International Relations at the Department of Economic History. He has been visiting scholar at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stanford University, and Cornell University. Professor Jonter is also chair of Swedish Pugwash and served as advisor to the Swedish delegation to the 2015 Review Conference to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, at the United Nations in New York.

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“Thomas Jonter has written a wonderful book about Sweden’s interest in, and ultimate renunciation of, nuclear weapons.  He treats the technical, political, and military aspects of the program in depth and with great clarity.  This is a very significant addition not only to the literature on Sweden and its place in the world, but also to our understanding of the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament.” (David Holloway, author of Stalin and the Bomb and Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, Stanford University, USA)

“The author’s analysis of the Swedish military nuclear program and of its abandonment are the most comprehensive and thoroughly researched available […] At a time when nuclear issues and non-proliferation are discussed almost daily by the media, this book is both timely and important. I believe it will remain the standard reference work for the history of the Swedish military nuclear program for quite a long time.” (Leopoldo Nuti, Professor of International History, University of Roma Tre, Italy)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jonter, Thomas

    Pages 1-20

  • The Idea of Initiating a Nuclear Weapons Programme Starts to Grow

    Jonter, Thomas

    Pages 21-34

  • The Development of a Latent Capability to Produce Nuclear Weapons, 1945–59

    Jonter, Thomas

    Pages 35-92

  • The United States and Sweden’s Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons, 1945–62

    Jonter, Thomas

    Pages 93-124

  • The Political Debate: 1954–60

    Jonter, Thomas

    Pages 125-193

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Hardcover $109.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
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  • Due: 15 de Março de 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-349-84532-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Key to Nuclear Restraint
Book Subtitle
The Swedish Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58113-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58113-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58112-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-84532-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 293
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