Cold War Christians and the Spectre of Nuclear Deterrence, 1945-1959 (BOK)

Jonathan Gorry

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This book offers a new and provocative interpretation of early Cold War history by demonstrating how Christian agency played a pivotal role in the creating of space for the logic of nuclear deterrence and nuclear war fighting in the years 1945-59. Cold War chroniclers have traditionally placed great emphasis on threats of mutually assured destruction to explain the puzzle of nuclear non-use since 1945. Here nuclear deterrence is conceived as a realm of absolute necessity with no room for morality. More recently the idea of 'nuclear taboo' has generated immense interest by challenging conventional wisdom with a compelling argument regarding the conceptual (normative rather than material) bases of nuclear restraint. These accounts narrate the emergence of a distinctive ethical order with a particular premium placed on the role of (Anglo-American) Christian activists in giving rise to anti-nuclear sentiment at a formative stage 1945-59. Yet such a reading elides or obfuscates the fact that Christians were deeply divided in their imaginings. Gorry invites a reassessment of assumptions by offering a balanced examination of Christians as enablers but, more provocatively, as resisters of nuclear prohibitions in the early years of Cold War.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Jonathan Gorry
ISBN 9781137334237
Antall sider 232 Vekt 454 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, The Cold War, Military history: post WW2 conflicts, Nuclear weapons