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Look Inside Soviet Strategic Arms Policy before SALT

Soviet Strategic Arms Policy before SALT

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Part of Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121637

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  • In this book, Dr Christoph Bluth presents an original analysis of the build up of strategic forces from the death of Stalin to the SALT I agreement. The author outlines Soviet strategic arms policy, he identifies the principal interest groups involved and he studies a number of critical decisions taken in relation to strategic bombers, ICBMs, strategic nuclear forces based at sea, ballistic missile defence and the military uses of space. Strategic arms policy in the Khrushchev period exhibited a number of apparent paradoxes, which the author explains. As well as examining external threat assessment and wider foreign policy, he pays particular attention to the role of domestic factors such as Khrushchev's endeavours to shift resource away from military industries to agriculture and consumer goods production. The author is therefore able to demonstrate how domestic priorities and internal power struggles account for the seeming inconsistencies of Soviet military and foreign policy.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121637
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    List of tables
    Part I. Soviet Strategic Arms Policy - The General Framework:
    1. Introduction
    2. Decision-making in the Soviet Union
    3. Strategic nuclear power and foreign policy objectives
    4. Soviet military doctrine and policy
    5. Party-military relations and strategic arms policy
    Part II. Soviet Decision-Making in Strategic Arms Policy:
    6. The development of strategic bombers in the Soviet Union
    7. Soviet ICBM deployment: two case studies
    8. Soviet strategic nuclear power at sea
    9. Strategic defence
    10. The military uses of space
    11. Conclusion

  • Author

    Christoph Bluth, University of Essex

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