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A history of chemical warfare / Kim Coleman.

By: Coleman, Kim, 1953-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005Description: xxv, 198 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1403934592 (cloth); 9781403934598 (cloth); 1403934606 (pbk.); 9781403934604 (pbk.).Subject(s): Chemical warfare -- HistoryDDC classification: 358/.34/09
Contents:
Historical precedents? -- The First World War -- The inter-war years, 1919-1939 -- The Second World War -- The Soviet threat, Korea, and Vietnam, 1945-1975 -- The Middle East, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and the Gulf -- Chemical terrorism -- Controlling chemical weapons.
Summary: This book provides an analysis of the development and deployment of chemical weapons from 700 BC to the present day. The First World War is examined in detail since it remains the most significant experience of the chemical threat, but the Second World War and post-war conflicts are also evaluated. Additionally, protocols attempting to control the proliferation and use of chemical weapons are assessed. Finally, the book examines the threat (real and imagined) from a chemical warfare attack today by rationally assessing to what extent terrorist groups around the world are capable of making and using such weapons.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-192) and index.

Historical precedents? -- The First World War -- The inter-war years, 1919-1939 -- The Second World War -- The Soviet threat, Korea, and Vietnam, 1945-1975 -- The Middle East, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and the Gulf -- Chemical terrorism -- Controlling chemical weapons.

This book provides an analysis of the development and deployment of chemical weapons from 700 BC to the present day. The First World War is examined in detail since it remains the most significant experience of the chemical threat, but the Second World War and post-war conflicts are also evaluated. Additionally, protocols attempting to control the proliferation and use of chemical weapons are assessed. Finally, the book examines the threat (real and imagined) from a chemical warfare attack today by rationally assessing to what extent terrorist groups around the world are capable of making and using such weapons.

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CHOICE Review

In the preface, Coleman, a historian, states: "The purpose of this book is to contribute to informed debate by providing an analysis of the development and deployment of chemical weapons from 700 BC to the present day." Overall, this reviewer is of the opinion that the author succeeded in her mission. The eight chapters cover historical precedents, WW I, interwar years 1919-39, WW II, Soviet threats/Korea/Vietnam, Middle East/Afghanistan/Bosnia/Persian Gulf, chemical terrorism, and finally, controlling weapons. This is a book on history and government policy. However, the chemistry and the technology are described well with a few exceptions. Some chemical agents, especially Zyklon B, are not fully identified. A table for identification of code names is provided, as is an extensive bibliography and index. Agents such as napalm and white phosphorus, arbitrarily incendiaries, are included as chemical agents. A debate is initiated on the inclusion of chemical weapons as weapons of mass destruction. The last chapter on conventions is very timely and important. This book will interest students at all levels, plus professionals in history, political science, policy, and chemical technology. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. R. E. Buntrock formerly, University of Maine

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KIM COLEMAN gained her PhD from London University before lecturing in Modern European History at the University of Essex until 2004. She has acted as a consultant on educational books and for the BBC, dealing with nuclear and chemical warfare in the Twentieth Century and is currently researching her next book, a comparative history of the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. She lives in London with her three children.

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