Cryptic Concrete explores bunkered sites in Cold War Germany in order to understand the inner workings of the Cold War state. A scholarly work that suggests a reassessment of the history of geo- and bio-politics Attempts to understand the material architecture that was designed to protect and take life in nuclear war Zooms in on two types of structures - the nuclear bunker and the atomic missile silo Analyzes a broad range of sources through the lens of critical theory and argues for an appreciation of the two subterranean structures complementary nature. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Adenauer and the bomb-- Germany's battle against the NPT-- political parties and the nuclear option-- the NPT on the bargaining table-- the EURATOM controversy-- loopholes within loopholes-- Germany and the bomb - what next?
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After World War II Germany was denied access to nuclear technology, yet this study reveals that German governments of all persuasions have, over the post-war years, planned for Germany to become a nuclear power. Dr Kuntzel has examined confidential papers and interviewed government officials and diplomats in Europe and North America to produce a book that challenges accepted beliefs about Germany's role in the nuclear world. He argues that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which the USA and the Soviet Union were striving to achieve, was sabotaged in the 1960s by high-level West German intervention, resulting in loopholes which are of vital importance for international security today. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book is a comprehensive account of post war British and German policies towards nuclear weapons and how these interacted in the context of alliance strategy. The author gives a detailed account of major episodes in the evolution of the alliance and its doctrine - such as the MLF debate, the origins of flexible response, theatre modernisation programmes - and demonstrates how British and German interests impinged upon these episodes. On occasion, these interests converged; at others, they diverged and Britain and Germany took on the role of protagonists. In all this, one of the less well-known nuclear relationships within the alliance comes vividly into focus. The book tells this part of the alliance's story in detail for the first time, and, in the accounts of development of German strategy, brings a refreshingly new perspective to the predominant Anglo-American interpretations. (source: Nielsen Book Data)