Nuclear History Publications

The Inter-Church Peace Council and the Nuclear Arms Race

Sep 14, 2015
Ruud van Dijk and Joppe Shaaper explore the political factors and ideological influences that shaped the origins of the Inter-Church Peace Council (IKV) and its campaign against the Nuclear Arms Race. The origins of the IKV campaign inform our understanding of the wider debate over nuclear weapons in the 1970s, détente and the Cold War, and the shift in thinking about the importance of nuclear weapons in international politics.

Ukraine and Soviet Nuclear History

Aug 12, 2015
Ukraine’s scientists and nuclear infrastructure played a significant role in the development of the Soviet nuclear program, especially in its first stages. Recently declassified documents demonstrate that Ukrainian nuclear scientists were among the first in the USSR to propose the correct fundamental design for the atomic bomb.

Prelude to the Euromissile Crisis

Aug 03, 2015
Ruud van Dijk explores the extent to which the Dutch government influenced NATO's decision not to deploy enhanced radiation weapons (ERW) in Western Europe, and how that decision might have avoided further escalation and tensions in the cold war.

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

Jul 20, 2015
The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History Between Brazil and Argentina tells a unique and rich story about how two regional nuclear rivals de-escalated their nuclear rivalry in ways that promoted regional and international security.

Tlatelolco Tested

Jul 06, 2015
Ryan Musto explores the unprecedented role played by OPANAL, the control agency for the Latin American Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, in addressing the first accusations of a militaristic violation of a NWFZ in history during the Falklands/Malvinas War.

The Imagined Arsenal

Jun 18, 2015
Yogesh Joshi explores how new archival evidence from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the 1974 PNE and the origins of India's nuclear submarine program can inform strategic discourse on India's nuclear weapons program.

The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order

May 19, 2015
Despite its legal status, Germany has never been an ordinary non-nuclear weapons state. In "The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order," Andreas Lutsch explores the historical dimensions of Germany's ambiguous position in the global nuclear order and re-examines Germany's efforts to revise its NATO role as a host for US nuclear weapons.

The US Discovery of Israel's Secret Nuclear Project

Apr 15, 2015
Israeli Cover Stories about the Dimona Reactor Dismayed Top Level Officials Who Saw a "Clearly Apparent Lack of Candor"

Increasing Transparency at the IAEA Archives

Mar 27, 2015
Anna Weichselbraun proposes 9 ways that the IAEA can increase transparency and build confidence in its authority by reforming archival access policies.

Announcing the 2015 Nuclear History Boot Camp Participants

Mar 10, 2015
Biographies of the 18 participants at the Nuclear History Boot Camp