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Between Empire and Alliance: America and Europe During the Cold War

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The steadfast alliance between America and Europe represents one of the most important and complex political relationships in the modern world. But with the end of the Cold War, America and Europe seem to be drifting apart. In Between Empire and Alliance, scholars from both sides of the Atlantic examine the most intense phase of the Cold War—the quarter century from 1950 to 1974—to explore the ever-changing relationship between the United States and Europe. At the height of the Cold War, America took on the role ...

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Overview

The steadfast alliance between America and Europe represents one of the most important and complex political relationships in the modern world. But with the end of the Cold War, America and Europe seem to be drifting apart. In Between Empire and Alliance, scholars from both sides of the Atlantic examine the most intense phase of the Cold War—the quarter century from 1950 to 1974—to explore the ever-changing relationship between the United States and Europe. At the height of the Cold War, America took on the role of Europe's great protector, but rather than create a sense of safety for the Europeans, this dependence on an outside power for protection became the source of great anxiety in Europe. Using archival documents that have only recently become available, the contributors consider the political, social, and economic implications of specific American policies on European nations and, more importantly, the role of American support in the drive for European unification. Providing a picture of U.S.-European relations both during the Cold War and today, Between Empire and Alliance sheds new light on the future of America and Europe.

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Journal Of Cold War Studies
This snappy little volume is well worth the read.
Journal of Cold War Studies
This snappy little volume is well worth the read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742521766
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition number: 256
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Trachtenberg is professor of political science at University of California, Los Angeles and is the author of A Constructed Peace: The Making of the European Settlement, 1945-1963.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 America, Europe, and German Rearmament, August-September 1950: A Critique of a Myth 1
2 "A General Named Eisenhower": Atlantic Crisis and the Origins of the European Economic Community 33
3 Trigger-happy Protestant Materialists? The European Christian Democrats and the United States 63
4 The United States and the Opening to the Left, 1953-1963 83
5 Hegemony or Vulnerability? Giscard, Ball, and the 1962 Gold Standstill Proposal 99
6 Western Europe and the American Challenge: Conflict and Cooperation in Technology and Monetary Policy, 1965-1973 127
7 Georges Pompidou and U.S.-European Relations 157
Index 201
About the Contributors 209
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