Khrushchev and the Arms Race: Soviet Interests in Arms Control and Disarmament, 1954-1964

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield; Walter C. Clemens Jr. et al. | Go to book overview

Introduction

This book is about the interest of the contemporary Soviet Union in various forms of arms control and disarmament measures.1 At a minimum it is useful to understand better why the Soviet Union behaved as it did over the past ten or so years in dealing with this range of issues. At a maximum it would be highly desirable for the West to put itself in a better position to make predictions about the forces that tend to favor or inhibit a serious Soviet approach to measures of arms control or disarmament.

One of the early (and more cynical) explanations of the predictive powers of the Delphic Oracle was that a vapor issuing from a cleft in the floor in the cave probably intoxicated the Pythian priestess. Later investigators discovered that there was neither cleft nor gas, so ruled instead in favor

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These two quite different things are generally lumped together under the loose phrase "arms control." But when we refer to disarmament we mean measures that significantly lower the levels of arms; when we speak precisely of arms control measures we mean steps aimed at reducing the risk of accidental, inadvertent, or miscalculated war, or at reducing the frightfulness of nuclear war if it should break out; these may of course -- but not necessarily -- include the lowering of levels.

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