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CMR 556 - Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Wars: The Technologies of Nuclear Weapons and their Delivery Systems

Credits: 3
Nuclear weapons are the most powerful, destructive weapons ever devised by man; they can be used to destroy an entire nation, no matter how vast, in a matter of minutes.  Conceived in the later days of WWII, nuclear bombs were used to devastating effect on Japan, bringing the otherwise fanatically-determined warring nation to surrender in a matter of days.  The Cold War itself revolved around the battle of wills between the world’s two most powerful nation-states, precisely because they were armed with ever-growing, ever-more sophisticated arsenals of nuclear weapons and delivery systems.  This course examines the history and technology of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, the effects these technologies had on US and global security, as well as efforts to defend against these weapons.  It also examines the international relations theories developed both during and after the Cold War, into the current era, to try to understand the nature of nuclear warfare and how best to prevent it.

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