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Nuclear weapons and limited war: A return to the nuclear battlefield?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Published28 Feb 2020

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In the early stages of the Cold War the United States adopted a doctrine of limited nuclear war in which tactical nuclear weapons were to be used alongside conventional weapons in pursuing limited military victories on the battlefield. This article describes the US rationale for the adoption of limited nuclear war doctrine as well as its ultimate abandonment in 1974. These findings suggest the conditions under which other nuclear-armed states will be drawn to limited nuclear war doctrine.

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