Learning to Love the Bomb: Canada's Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - History - 471 pages
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In Learning to Love the Bomb, Sean M. Maloney explores the controversial subject of Canada's acquisition of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Based on newly declassified Canadian and U.S. documents, it examines policy, strategy, operational, and technical matters and weaves these seemingly disparate elements into a compelling story that finally unlocks several Cold War mysteries. For example, while U.S. military forces during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis were focused on the Caribbean Sea and the southeastern United States, Canadian forces assumed responsibility for defending the northern United States, with aircraft armed with nuclear depth charges flying patrols and guarding against missile attack by Soviet submarines. This defensive strategy was a closely guarded secret because it conflicted with Canada's image as a peacekeeper and therefore a more passive member of NATO than its ally to the south. It is revealed here for the first time. The place of nuclear weapons in Canadian history has, until now, been a highly secret and misunderstood field subject to rumor, rhetoric, half-truths, and propaganda. Learning to Love the Bomb reveals the truth about Canada's role as a nuclear power.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1CANADA AND THE COLD WAR TO 1951
A NEW STRATEGY 19521955
CANADIAN STRATEGY AND THE NEW LOOK 19551957
CANADA AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING
A YEAR OF TRANSITION 1960
FRUSTRATING INCREMENTALISM 1961
CANADA AND THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS 19621963
THE PEARSON GOVERNMENT NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY 19631964
CANADA GOES NUCLEAR
14CONCLUSION
NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

DIEFENBAKER TAKES CONTROL 19561957
6IS POWER NOTHING WITHOUT CONTROL? CONTINENTAL DEFENCE PROBLEMS AND DOMESTIC POLITICS 19571959
CANADIAN NUCLEAR FORCES AND NATO 19571960
CANADIAN PROBLEMS WITH THE USAF STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND 19581960
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Sean M. Maloney is Associate Professor in History at Royal Military College of Canada and taught in the War Studies Programme for ten years. He is currently the historical advisor to the Chief of the Land Staff for the war in Afghanistan. He previously served as the historian for 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade, the Canadian Army's primary Cold War NATO commitment, right after the re-unification of Germany and at the start of Canada's long involvement in the Balkans. Dr. Maloney has extensive field experience in that region, particularly in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia from 1995 to 2001. His work on the Balkans was interrupted by the 9-11 attacks and from 2001 Dr. Maloney has focused nearly exclusively on the war against the Al Qaeda movement and particularly on the Afghanistan component of that war. He has traveled regularly to Afghanistan since 2003 to observe coalition operations in that country.

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