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50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

On the 1st of July 1968, exactly fifty years ago yesterday, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was opened for signature by the United Nations. In the preceding years, the horror of Hiroshima and the escalating tensions between the USA and the USSR over their stockpiling of nuclear weapons had led US President Dwight D. Eisenhower to declare in his famous 1953 Atoms for Peace speech that the new language of international relations was “the language of atomic warfare.” Eighteen nations from around the world, backed by the UN, subsequently came together and negotiated the terms of the treaty, and it remains in force today, signed by over 180 countries.        

The key objectives of the treaty were to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology and encourage the development of clean, safe, nuclear energy. This is an endeavour common to governments, scientists, and experts from numerous other fields. At Cambridge Scholars, we are proud to contribute to this endeavour in our publication of titles spanning the Social, Physical, Health, and Life Sciences.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the treaty, we are offering readers a parallel 50% discount on our titles on nuclear politics, history, and physics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code NUCLEAR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018

Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace was an earnest supporter of the Stimson Proposal, a disarmament proposal submitted to the Truman administration by then Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson immediately after World War II. This proposal suggested direct dialogue with the Soviets over control of the newly-released atomic energy used against Japan in August 1945. Henry A. Wallace’s Criticism of America’s Atomic Monopoly, 1945-1948 illustrates that Wallace’s ideas of international atomic controls with Soviet partnership – a position embraced by atomic scientists – could prevent a postwar nuclear proliferation. The failure of Wallace’s concept of postwar world order, a product of rejection by President Truman, has revealed an ideological conflict between democracy and nuclear weaponry. Amazingly, Wallace daringly made this historic attempt and kept to his vision, a commitment which led to his alienation and eventual ousting from Truman’s cabinet.

In the West, interest about Korea is often limited to its unnatural division and the peculiar regime in the North of the Peninsula. However, its culture is rich, its history a thousand years-old, its land populous, and its economy spectacularly growing. How is it possible that such a country, a key figure in the recent history of Asia would only call to mind advanced technology or nuclear threat? The Divided Korean Peninsula: A Window into Everyday Life is drawn from the personal experiences of the author, who lived in South Korea and experienced it two different times, in 2000 and 2010, and had the possibility of going back in 2017. In all his time there, he tasted all the characteristics, the contradictions, merits and defects of this halved and impenetrable country.

Magnetic and Electric Resonance is devoted to a quasi-classical treatment of quantum transitions, with an emphasis on nuclear magnetic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance and electric dipolar resonance. The method described here is based on the quasi-classical description of condensed matter, and makes use of the equation of motion of harmonic oscillators with external forces. In addition to known results in magnetic resonance, the book also presents parametric resonance for electric dipoles and dipolar interaction which may lead to spontaneous electric polarization. Overall, it presents a less known but nonetheless important aspect of quasi-classical approximation to quantum-mechanical motion.

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