Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Apocalypse ManagementEisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ira Chernus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758079

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 19 May 2022

The Ironies of Disarmament

The Ironies of Disarmament

(p.197) Chapter 13 The Ironies of Disarmament
Apocalypse Management
Stanford University Press

This chapter elaborates the ironies of apocalypse management as they were apparent in the approach of President Dwight Eisenhower to disarmament. The fear of an apocalyptic surprise attack was one of Eisenhower's main motives of for pursuing disarmament. His desire for an arms-control agreement was determined by his hope for limiting military spending. Eisenhower also agreed to separate a test ban in 1959 from other disarmament issues. This test ban might cost the United States valuable allies. Eisenhower asserted that there was no danger from the tests. The test ban turned out to be the main symbol of the government's ability to meet its promise of apocalypse management. It is observed that the pursuit of national security through nuclear weaponry pushed the nation yet further into a state of national insecurity.

Keywords:   apocalypse management, Dwight Eisenhower, disarmament, arms control, military spending, United States, test ban, national security, nuclear weaponry

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.