Bonn and the Bomb

Bonn and the Bomb : German Politics and the Nuclear Option

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After World War II Germany was denied access to nuclear technology, yet this study reveals that German governments of all persuasions have, over the post-war years, planned for Germany to become a nuclear power. Dr Kuntzel has examined confidential papers and interviewed government officials and diplomats in Europe and North America to produce a book that challenges accepted beliefs about Germany's role in the nuclear world. He argues that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which the USA and the Soviet Union were striving to achieve, was sabotaged in the 1960s by high-level West German intervention, resulting in loopholes which are of vital importance for international security today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745309100
  • 9780745309101

Table of contents

Adenauer and the bomb; Germany's battle against the NPT; political parties and the nuclear option; the NPT on the bargaining table; the EURATOM controversy; loopholes within loopholes; Germany and the bomb - what next?
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About Matthias Küntzel

Matthias Kuntzel is a political consultant and journalist based in Hamburg and a former senior advisor on nuclear proliferation and nuclear power within the Federal Parliamentary Fraktion of Germany's Green Party. He is the editor of Atombomber: Made in Germany? (Kolner Volksblatt Verlag, 1986) and the author of numerous articles and studies on the subject.
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