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The Resource Cold War Christians and the spectre of nuclear deterrence, 1945-1959, Jonathan Gorry

Cold War Christians and the spectre of nuclear deterrence, 1945-1959, Jonathan Gorry

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Cold War Christians and the spectre of nuclear deterrence, 1945-1959
Title
Cold War Christians and the spectre of nuclear deterrence, 1945-1959
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Jonathan Gorry
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Language
eng
Summary
This book offers a new and provocative interpretation of early Cold War history by demonstrating how Christian agency played a pivotal role in the creating of space for the logic of nuclear deterrence and nuclear war fighting in the years 1945-59. Cold War chroniclers have traditionally placed great emphasis on threats of mutually assured destruction to explain the puzzle of nuclear non-use since 1945. Here nuclear deterrence is conceived as a realm of absolute necessity with no room for morality. More recently the idea of 'nuclear taboo' has generated immense interest by challenging conventional wisdom with a compelling argument regarding the conceptual (normative rather than material) bases of nuclear restraint. These accounts narrate the emergence of a distinctive ethical order with a particular premium placed on the role of (Anglo-American) Christian activists in giving rise to anti-nuclear sentiment at a formative stage 1945-59. Yet such a reading elides or obfuscates the fact that Christians were deeply divided in their imaginings. Gorry invites a reassessment of assumptions by offering a balanced examination of Christians as enablers but, more provocatively, as resisters of nuclear prohibitions in the early years of Cold War.--
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1967-
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Gorry, Jonathan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Histories of the sacred and the secular 1700-2000
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  • British Council of Churches
  • World Council of Churches
  • Cold War
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
  • Deterrence (Strategy)
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Nuclear warfare
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Cold War Christians and the spectre of nuclear deterrence, 1945-1959, Jonathan Gorry
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introduction PART I: VISION AND ORDER 2. Presumptions against War 3. Prophecy and Diplomacy at a New Frontier PART II: FAITH AND FEAR 4. Christians in an Atomic Age 5. The Churches and the Thermonuclear Revolution PART III: POWER AND JUSTICE 6. The Moral Aspects of Deterrence 7. Strategies for Survival 8. Redacting Just War 9. Conclusion Notes Bibliography
Control code
FIEb17694528
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9781137334237
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (DLC) 2013048279
  • (OCoLC)852224834
Label
Cold War Christians and the spectre of nuclear deterrence, 1945-1959, Jonathan Gorry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Introduction PART I: VISION AND ORDER 2. Presumptions against War 3. Prophecy and Diplomacy at a New Frontier PART II: FAITH AND FEAR 4. Christians in an Atomic Age 5. The Churches and the Thermonuclear Revolution PART III: POWER AND JUSTICE 6. The Moral Aspects of Deterrence 7. Strategies for Survival 8. Redacting Just War 9. Conclusion Notes Bibliography
Control code
FIEb17694528
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9781137334237
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (DLC) 2013048279
  • (OCoLC)852224834

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