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© 2001

Britain and the H-Bomb

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Setting The Agenda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 3-5
    3. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 6-22
    4. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 23-31
  3. Britain and the Thermonuclear Question

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 35-57
    3. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 58-67
  4. Britain’s Response

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 71-83
    3. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 84-94
    4. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 95-107
    5. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 108-127
  5. The Pacific Trials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 131-150
    3. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 151-164
    4. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 165-175
    5. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 176-191
  6. A Special Nuclear Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Lorna Arnold, Katherine Pyne
      Pages 195-220

About this book

Introduction

This book, written with unique access to official archives, tells the secret story of Britain's H-bomb - the scientific and strategic background, the government's policy decision, the work of the remarkable men who created the bomb, the four weapon trials at a remote Pacific atoll in 1957-58, and the historic consequences.

Keywords

government state Union Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) work

About the authors

LORNA ARNOLD OBE is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary British History. She is author of A Very Special Relationship: British Weapon Trials in Australia (1987) and Windscale 1957: Anatomy of a Nuclear Accident.

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Reviews

'Lorna Arnold...is particulary successful in making the scientific issues of the nuclear project accessible to non-technical readers such as students in history, international relations and politics and she provides a highly informative account of a very important phase in Britain's nuclear history.' - Dan Keohane, Keele University

'...an excellent book that sheds needed light on the world's third thermonuclear power.' - Jack M. Holl, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

'Britain and the H-Bomb tells the tale of the men who developed Britain's thermonuclear device through the drama of the tests in the Pacific. It does so with clarity and skill.' - Stuart Croft, Nature

'Britain and the H-Bomb is a valuable contribution to the history of the arms race, and deserves a wide readership.' - Peter Gissing, University of Sydney