The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam (Paperback)

The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam By Jonathan R. Hunt Cover Image
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The Nuclear Club reveals how a coalition of powerful and developing states embraced global governance in hopes of a bright and peaceful tomorrow. While fears of nuclear war were ever-present, it was the perceived threat to their preeminence that drove Washington, Moscow, and London to throw their weight behind the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT) banishing nuclear testing underground, the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco banning atomic armaments from Latin America, and the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) forbidding more countries from joining the most exclusive club on Earth.

International society, the Cold War, and the imperial U.S. presidency were reformed from 1945 to 1970, when a global nuclear order was inaugurated, averting conflict in the industrial North and yielding what George Orwell styled a peace that is no peace everywhere else. Today the nuclear order legitimizes foreign intervention worldwide, empowering the nuclear club and, above all, the United States, to push sanctions and even preventive war against atomic outlaws, all in humanity's name.

About the Author


Jonathan Hunt is Assistant Professor of Strategy at the United States Air War College.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781503636309
ISBN-10: 1503636305
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 376
Language: English