Hegemony and Culture in the Origins of NATO Nuclear First-Use, 1945–1955

Authors: Johnston, A.

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Johnston argues that the preemptive first-use of nuclear weapons, long the foundation of American nuclear strategy, was not the carefully reasoned response to a growing Soviet conventional threat. Instead, it was part of a process of cultural 'socialization', by which the United States reconstituted the previously nationalist strategic cultures of the European allies into a seamless western community directed by Washington. Building a bridge between theory and practice, this book examines the usefulness of cultural theory in international history.

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ANDREW JOHNSTON is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and Co-director of its Centre for American Studies.

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"There has never been a documented history of the origins of nuclear strategy. Never, that is, until now. Johnston's account of these events which helped shape the contemporary world order is both striking and persuasive. He writes better than a political scientist and thinks harder than a historian. A great achievement."

- Erik Ringmar, Department of Government, LSE

"Andrew Johnston has written an innovative work that challenges existing

interpretations of NATO's adoption of a first-use policy regarding

nuclear weapons. He brings an impressive intellect and subtle

understanding of the new theoretical literature combined with strong

archival research to increase understanding of a very significant

topic."

- Shane J. Maddock, Associate Professor of History, Stonehill College

"This is a seriously smart book. Sophisticated and subtle, Hegemony and Culture sets on their ears all previous interpretations of NATOs strategic posture during the 1950s. More than that, its cultural approach has far-reaching implications for how political scientists and historians of the Cold War think about their subjects and do their work. Thoroughly researched, deeply imaginative in its interpretation, and written with admirable clarity (and obvious enthusiasm), Hegemony and Culture is a theoretical tour de force and a major contribution to the literature of international history."

- Andrew J. Rotter, Professor of History, Colgate University and author of Comrades at Odds: The United States and India, 1947-1964


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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hegemony and Culture in the Origins of NATO Nuclear First-Use, 1945–1955
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Andrew M. Johnston
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7693-2
DOI
10.1057/9781403976932
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7024-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53188-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 329
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