A collection of information on everything from aerosols to zones of peace, these two volumes cover historical background, technology, and strategic implications of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons, thus providing facts, terms, and context needed to participate in contemporary policy debate. This encyclopedia is the only comprehensive reference dedicated to the three types of weapons of mass destruction.
With over 500 entries arranged alphabetically, volume one covers biological and chemical weapons, while volume two focuses on nuclear weapons. Experts from eight countries cover issues related to these weapons, policies, strategies, technologies, delivery vehicles, arms control concepts, treaties, and key historical figures and locations. Entries are written to make difficult concepts easy to understand by cutting through military and scientific jargon. Students, lay readers, scientists, and government policy makers are provided with the broad range of information needed to place today’s policy discussions in proper strategic or historical context.
- Over 500 A–Z entries written by 95 international experts, organized in two volumes divided by types of weapons
- Timeline that covers leading political, military, and weapons-specific events since 1945
- Excerpts from key international documents
- Combined index (with volume numbers noted) at the end of each volume
- Includes numerous illustrations and photographs