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Australia and the Bomb

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 1-10
  3. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 11-28
  4. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 29-57
  5. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 59-79
  6. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 81-107
  7. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 121-130
  8. Christine M. Leah
    Pages 131-145
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 147-208

About this book


This book is a historical and strategic analysis of the nuclear dimension of the US alliance with Australia, Australia's relationship with nuclear weapons, nuclear strategy, and US extended nuclear deterrence.


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About the authors

Christine M. Leah received her PhD from the Australian National University. She is affiliated with the Security Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Why did Australia pursue nuclear weapons, then give up the chase? And what lessons can we learn from this little known story to better understand current nuclear dynamics, particularly in East Asia? Exploiting a variety of declassified documents, Leah provides compelling answers to these important questions. Australia and the Bomb should become the standard work on the how and why of Australia's nuclear decision-making and why it matters today.' - Francis J. Gavin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA