This chapter introduces the book as account of Harold Wilson and the Labour government’s attempts to balance a collection of disparate, and at times competing, influences in the context of British nuclear diplomacy. The chapter establishes the major contributions of the book and then provides an overview of each of the following chapters. The central argument is that British nuclear diplomacy was a series of compromises, an intricate blend of political, economic, and strategic considerations. Cabinet debate, financial crises, and international tensions all influenced nuclear policy-making in the two Labour governments of this period.
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