Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1994.
Book — ix, 393 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
1. Technology and self-reliance in the great leap era-- Part I. The Submarine:
2. Nuclear propulsion--
4. Military industry--
5. Building and deployment-- Part II. The Missile:
6. Solid propulsion and the end of an era--
7. Guidance and flight control--
8. success-- Part III. Strategy:
9. Strategic uncertainty--
10. Rationale and reason in the nuclear era-- Appendix-- Notes-- References cited-- Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book recounts why and how China built a nuclear submarine fleet and the impact of the effort on politics, technology, industry, and strategy. China expanded the scientific and industrial system that produced an atomic bomb to launch a thirty-year drive for nuclear submarines with solid-fuel missiles. The story involves the interplay of politics, technology, and social change in the tumultuous years 1958 to 1990. These years saw the rupture with the USSR, the Great Leap Forward and subsequent famine, the rise and fall of Lin Biao, and the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution - during which, 3,000 naval officers were purged and the submarine's chief designer was repeatedly threatened with execution. Using new documentary sources, the authors analyze the shifting roles of leaders, organizations, and experts within China's secret military industry, built to withstand attack from either superpower. (source: Nielsen Book Data)