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The nuclear war scare of 1983: How serious was it?

Dibb, Paul


Thirty years ago, the Soviet Union and the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war. The Communist Party leadership in Moscow was convinced that Washington was about to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike, which would require a massive nuclear response. Like most disasters, this one would have resulted from a confluence of errors and misperceptions. In this case it was the profound distrust between the two sides, a sequence of preliminary events that included the shooting down of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Special Report


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