Hegemony and Culture in the Origins of NATO Nuclear First Use, 1945-1955


Johnston argues that the preemptive first use of nuclear weapons, long the foundation of American nuclear strategy, was not the carefully reasoned response to a growing Soviet conventional threat. Instead, it was part of a process of cultural "socialization," by which the United States reconstituted the previously nationalist strategic cultures of the European allies into a seamless western community directed by Washington.

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