The Implications of the Atomic Bomb for International Relations

  • Jacob Viner


In his Message to Congress of October 3, 1945, President Truman stated that: ‘In international relations as in domestic affairs, the release of atomic energy constitutes a new force too revolutionary to consider in the framework of old ideas.’ Beyond a few facts and a few surmises about the military effectiveness and the cost of atomic bombs, however, I unfortunately have no. materials to work with except a framework of old ideas, some of them centuries old, with respect to the inherent character of international relations. I suspect that practically every non-scientist is in substantially the same predicament, except that many are unfamiliar even with the old ideas about the character of international relations.


International Relation Atomic Bomb Military Power National Brand Domestic Affair 
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