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.


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