Stalin and the Bomb

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Yale University Press, 2008 M10 1 - 505 pages

The classic and “utterly engrossing” study of Stalin’s pursuit of a nuclear bomb during the Cold War by the renowned political scientist and historian (Foreign Affairs).

For forty years the U.S.-Russian nuclear arms race dominated world politics, yet the Soviet nuclear establishment was shrouded in secrecy. Then, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, David Holloway pulled back the Iron Curtain with his “marvelous, groundbreaking study” Stalin and the Bomb (The New Yorker).

How did the Soviet Union build its atomic and hydrogen bombs? What role did espionage play? How did the American atomic monopoly affect Stalin's foreign policy? What was the relationship between Soviet nuclear scientists and the country's political leaders? David Holloway  answers these questions by tracing the dramatic story of Soviet nuclear policy from developments in physics in the 1920s to the testing of the hydrogen bomb and the emergence of nuclear deterrence in the mid-1950s.

This magisterial history throws light on Soviet policy at the height of the Cold War, illuminates a central element of the Stalinist system, and puts into perspective the tragic legacy of this program―environmental damage, a vast network of institutes and factories, and a huge stockpile of unwanted weapons.
 

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ioffes Institute
Nuclear Prehistory
xix
Reacting to Fission
xiv
Making a Decision
xxxv
Getting Started
iii
Hiroshima
iii
War and the Atomic Bomb
ix
The War of Nerves
xxxv
Dangerous Relations
49
The Hydrogen Bomb
82
After Stalin
82
The Atom and Peace
50
Conclusion
37
Bibliographical Note
45

The PostHiroshima Project
x
The Premises of Policy
iv
The Atomic Industry 10 The Atomic Bomb
iv
Notes Biographical Notes
121
Index
127
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David Holloway is professor of political science and co-director, Center for International Security and Arms Control, at Stanford University. He is also the author of The Soviet Union and the Arms Race, published by Yale University Press.

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