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Duncan Sandys and British Nuclear Policy-Making

Authors: Betts, Lewis

  • Offers further insight into British nuclear policy-making during the Cold War
  • Argues that our understanding of the British Government's decisions must take into account Duncan Sandys
  • Shows the profound influence of Sandys' personal beliefs
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This book offers new perspectives on British nuclear policy-making at the height of the Cold War, arguing that the decisions taken by the British government during the 1950s and 1960s in pursuit of its nuclear ambitions cannot be properly understood without close reference to Duncan Sandys, and in particular the policy preferences that emerged from his experiences of the Second World War and his efforts leading Britain's campaign against the V-1 and V-2. Immersing himself in this campaign against unmanned weaponry, Sandys came to see ballistic missiles as the only guarantor of nuclear credibility in the post-war world, placing them at the centre of his strategic thinking and developing a sincerely-held and logically-consistent belief system which he carried with him through a succession of ministerial roles, allowing him to exert a previously undocumented level of influence on the nature of Britain's nuclear capabilities and its approach to the Cold War.  This book shows the profound influence Sandys' personal belief system had on Britain's attempts to acquire a credible nuclear deterrent.

About the authors

Lewis David Betts studied at the University of Hull and the University of East Anglia, UK. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Betts, Lewis

    Pages 1-18

  • The Intellectual Foundations of Sandys’ Belief System

    Betts, Lewis

    Pages 19-46

  • The Ministry of Supply and the Radical Review: 1953–1954

    Betts, Lewis

    Pages 47-94

  • The 1957 Defence White Paper

    Betts, Lewis

    Pages 95-136

  • The Struggle over the Nuclear Delivery System: 1957–1960

    Betts, Lewis

    Pages 137-183

Buy this book

eBook $49.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58547-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $63.00
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58546-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Duncan Sandys and British Nuclear Policy-Making
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58547-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58547-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58546-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 257
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