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Nuclear Proliferation and the Future of Conflict
Nuclear Proliferation and the Future of Conflict
By Martin Van Creveld
The Free Press, 1993, 173 pp.

A slender book, and more slender than it seems, because the first two chapters consist of an able, if unexceptional, potted history of war before 1945 and a disquisition on the impact of nuclear weapons on strategy and international politics. This leaves barely 60 pages to discuss nuclear weapons in Asia and the Middle East. The postcript makes the case that under the umbrella of nuclear deterrence (or rather umbrellas, more of which sprout up as countries acquire atom bombs), substate violence will continue to spread. A plausible case, but the author has made it elsewhere, at greater length and more convincingly.