Nuclear Weapons In The Cold War

Nuclear Weapons In The Cold War

Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War

“Harold Brode probably knows more about nuclear weapons effects than any other person alive." Physics Today, vol. 58. The role that the invention of nuclear weapons played in bringing World War II to an end remains debatable, but the fact is undeniable that these powerful new weapons drastically changed the nature and potential intensity of modern warfare. Thankfully, as of January 2014, no nuclear weapons have been employed in combat since August 1945. For the first few decades following the invention of the atomic bomb, many military and political experts believed a nuclear war was inevitable within the next few years. However, and to the world’s good fortune, not a single nuclear weapon has been detonated in warfare since those first two nuclear weapons were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the last days of World War II. One could argue that the more than 2000 nuclear devices or weapons detonated by this country in subsequent tests over the past nearly seventy years have carried implicit aggressive connotations. In fact, decades of intensive research, and a multitude of tests conducted by an increasing number of nations have led to the...

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