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dc.contributor.advisor Matusow, Allen J.
dc.creatorTaylor, Matthew D.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:34:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:34:29Z
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/16563
dc.description.abstract Dwight D. Eisenhower assumed the presidency convinced that atomic weapons should be employed as essentially conventional tools for war and diplomacy. Supported by the lessons of the Korean War, a conservative fiscal philosophy, advances in nuclear weapons technology, and an asymmetrical conception of containment, that conviction led Eisenhower to formulate a strategic vision that depended primarily upon nuclear weapons for deterring and fighting both general and limited war. During his first term, however, the President's views on nuclear weapons and, thus, U.S. national security strategy, underwent a significant evolution. Although U.S. national security policy, military force structure, and war plans remained firmly based on nuclear weapons, by 1956 Eisenhower's readiness to fulfill the military logic of his "New Look" strategy had all but disappeared. Focusing on decision-making at the highest level, this dissertation describes and explains the evolution of Eisenhower's nuclear outlook, paying particular attention to the mistaken estimates of Soviet capabilities and intentions, and the hypothesis of American vulnerability, which fueled that evolution.
dc.format.extent 662 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAmerican history
dc.title Toward a nuclear strategy: Eisenhower and the challenge of Soviet power, 1952-1956
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department History
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Taylor, Matthew D.. "Toward a nuclear strategy: Eisenhower and the challenge of Soviet power, 1952-1956." (1992) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/16563.


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