The Origins of Overkill: Nuclear Weapons and American Strategy, 1945-1960

  title={The Origins of Overkill: Nuclear Weapons and American Strategy, 1945-1960},
  author={David A. Rosenberg},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={3 - 71}
  • D. Rosenberg
  • Published 21 January 1983
  • Political Science, History
  • International Security
The history of American milita y policy in the early years of the nuclear age is beginning to be rewritten. The increasing availability of documentary evidence from the 2940s and 2950s enables us to enrich our knowledge and to re-evaluate our understanding of American nuclear strategy and planning during this period. While much relevant material remains classified, the large volume of recently declassified documents permits quite detailed reconstruction of the content and evolution of U.S… 

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