This book provides an introduction to political and strategic aspects of nuclear weaponry. It offers an accessible overview of the concept of nuclear weapons, outlines how thinking about these weapons has developed and considers how nuclear threats can continue to be managed in the future. It includes: *Coverage of nuclear testing, proliferation, strategy, global actors and disarmament. *Analysis of contemporary topics such as nuclear terrorism. *A timeline of key nuclear events. *Annotated further reading lists helping you to locate sources for essays and assignments. *Summaries, study questions and a glossary of key terms. *A companion website complete with access to free SAGE journal articles.