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The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell Volume 29 Détente or Destruction, 1955-57

Edited By Andrew G. Bone, Bertrand Russell Copyright 2005

    Détente or Destruction, 1955-57 continues publication of Routledge's multi-volume critical edition of Bertrand Russell's shorter writings. Between September 1955 and November 1957 Russell published some sixty-one articles, reviews, statements, contributions to books and letters to editors, over fifty of which are contained in this volume. The texts, several of them hitherto unpublished, reveal the deepening of Russell's commitment to the anti-nuclear struggle, upon which he embarked in the previous volume of Collected Papers (Man's Peril, 1954-55).
    Continuing with the theme of nuclear peril, this volume contains discussion of nuclear weapons, world peace, prospects for disarmament and British-Soviet friendship against the backdrop of the Cold War. One of the key papers in this volume is Russell's message to the inaugural conference of the Pugwash movement, which Russell was instrumental in launching and which became an influential, independent forum of East-West scientific cooperation and counsel on issues as an internationally agreed nuclear test-ban.
    In addition to the issues of war and peace, Russell, now in his eighties, continued to take an interest in a wide variety of themes. Russell not only addresses older controversies over nationalism and empire, religious belief and American civil liberties, he also confronts head-on the new and pressing matters of armed intervention in Hungary and Suez, and of the manufacture and testing of the British hydrogen bomb. This volume includes seven interviews ranging from East-West Relations after the Geneva conference to a Meeting with Russell.

    Part I The Prospect and Illusion of Détente; Chapter 1 Failure of the Foreign Ministers' Conference at Geneva, 1955; Chapter 2 The Dilemma of the West, 1955; Chapter 3 Science and Human Life, 1955; Chapter 4 Nuclear Weapons and World Peace, 1956; Chapter 5 How to Avoid Nuclear Warfare, 1956; Chapter 6 Prospects for the Next Half Century, 1956; Chapter 7 Prospects of Disarmament, 1956; Chapter 8 Statement for Polish Radio, 1956; Chapter 9 Nuclear Weapons, 1956; Chapter 10 British-Soviet Friendship, 1955–57; Part 2; Part II Autobiographical,Biographical and Philosophical Writings; Chapter 11 Faith without Illusion, 1956; Chapter 12 Why I Am Not a Communist, 1956; Chapter 13 My Recollections of George Trevelyan, 1956; Chapter 14 Cranks, 1956; Chapter 15 Do Human Beings Survive Death?, 1957; Chapter 16 Books That Influenced Me in Youth, 1957; Chapter 17 Some Changes in My Lifetime: Good and Bad, 1957; Chapter 18 Gilbert Murray, 1957; Chapter 19 Answers to Questions about Philosophy, 1957; Chapter 20 Mr. Alan Wood, 1957; Chapter 21 Reactions to Why I Am Not a Christian, 1957; Part 3; Part III Suez and Hungary; General Headnote; Chapter 22 The Suez Canal, 1956; Chapter 23 Britain's Act of War[1956; Chapter 24 This Act of Criminal Folly, 1956; Chapter 25 British Opinion on Hungary, 1956; Chapter 26 Message to the Indian Rationalist Association, 1956; Chapter 27 The Atlantic Alliance, 1956 20; Chapter 28 Message to The Hindustan Times, 1956; Chapter 29 Message to Meeting on “Writers and the Hungarian Revolution”, 1957; Part 4; Part IV Justice in Cold War Time; Chapter 30 Bertrand Russell Urges Parole for Jacob Mindel, 1955; Chapter 31 Two Papers on Oppenheimer, 1955; Chapter 32 Four Protests about the Sobell Case, 1956; Chapter 33 Symptoms of George Orwell's 1984, 1956; Chapter 34 Foreword to Freedom Is as Freedom Does, 1956; Chapter 35 An Open Letter to Mr. Norman Thomas, 1957; Chapter 36 Justice or Injustice?, 1957; Chapter 37 Anti-American Feeling in Britain, 1957; Part


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