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Sharing knowledge, shaping Europe, US technological collaboration and nonproliferation, John Krige

Sharing knowledge, shaping Europe, US technological collaboration and nonproliferation, John Krige
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Sharing knowledge, shaping Europe
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John Krige
Series statement
Transformations : studies in the history of science and technology
Sub title
US technological collaboration and nonproliferation
In the 1950s and the 1960s, U.S. administrations were determined to prevent Western European countries from developing independent national nuclear weapons programs. To do so, the United States attempted to use its technological pre-eminence as a tool of “soft power” to steer Western European technological choices toward the peaceful uses of the atom and of space, encouraging options that fostered collaboration, promoted nonproliferation, and defused challenges to U.S. technological superiority. In Sharing Knowledge, Shaping Europe, John Krige describes these efforts and the varying degrees of success they achieved. Krige explains that the pursuit of scientific and technological leadership, galvanized by America’s Cold War competition with the Soviet Union, was also used for techno-political collaboration with major allies. He examines a series of multinational arrangements involving shared technological platforms and aimed at curbing nuclear proliferation, and he describes the roles of the Department of State, the Atomic Energy Commission, and NASA. To their dismay, these agencies discovered that the use of technology as an instrument of soft power was seriously circumscribed, by internal divisions within successive administrations and by external opposition from European countries. It was successful, Krige argues, only when technological leadership was embedded in a web of supportive “harder” power structures. --, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction : Technological Collaboration, Nonproliferation and American Soft Power -- The U.S. and the promotion of Euratom, 1955-56 : Integration as an instrument of nuclear nonproliferation -- The U.S. and Euratom, 1957-58 : Constructing a Joint program for nuclear power -- "A substantial sop" or "positive disarmament"? : Johnson, Erhard and bilateral space collaboration -- Integration and the non-proliferation of ballistic missiles : the U.S., the U.K. and ELDO, 1966 -- Classification, Collaboration and Competition : U.S./U.K. Relationships in Gas Centrifuge Uranium Enrichment in the 1960s -- Conclusion : Technological collaboration and nonproliferation
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