The Long Entanglement: NATO's First Fifty Years / Edition 1

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Overview

The fiftieth anniversary of the long entanglement between the United States and NATO is an appropriate occasion to reflect. One of the few NATO studies to concentrate on the history of the alliance, particularly the relationship between its senior partner and its European allies, this study examines critical issues in depth, to uncover the ability of the allies to surmount their internal divisions and to confront their Soviet adversary. While NATO archives are still not fully open, the use of declassified documents from the National Archives and the presidential libraries are of invaluable assistance in considering the historical role of America in the alliance, and the continuing relevance of the organization in U.S. foreign policy.

The twelve chapters of this book, provide analyses of important issues in the organization's history, and are connected by brief contexual narratives. The resulting picture depicts a fifty-year history in which the difficulties in arriving at a consensus among the fifteen allies, each understandably concerned with its own national interests, rival those of the alliance in dealing with the Communist threat. The implosion of the Soviet empire in the early 1990s left the organization in search of new reasons for its own existence. While centrifugal forces are arguably greater today than they were during the Cold War, none of the allies seeks to terminate this long entanglement.

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In a collection of 12 essays, most developed as conference proceedings, linked by brief narratives, Kaplan (history, Kent State U.) provides a more detailed history of the organization than is generally available. His account is based on newly declassified documents in the US National Archives and the presidential libraries, and focuses on the US involvement. He appends the original 1949 document and includes a bibliographic essay. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275964191
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

LAWRENCE S. KAPLAN is University Professor Emeritus of History and Director Emeritus of the Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies at Kent State University. He is currently Adjunct Professor of History at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
I Origins of the Alliance, 1948-1949
1 An Unequal Triad: The United States, the Western Union, and NATO 7
2 The "Atlantic" Component of NATO 29
3 The Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949 37
II NATO in the First Generation, 1950-1967
4 The Impact of Sputnik on NATO 65
5 The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962: Views from the Pentagon 77
6 Les debats strategiques 99
III NATO in the Second Generation, 1968-1989
7 The U.S. and NATO in the Johnson Years 121
8 NATO and the Nixon Doctrine: Ten Years Later 149
9 The INF Treaty and the Future of NATO: Lessons from the 1960s 165
IV NATO in the Third Generation, from 1991
10 NATO after the Cold War 185
11 NATO at Fifty 203
12 NATO: A Counterfactual History 221
App The North Atlantic Treaty, Washington, D.C., April 4, 1949 239
Bibliographical Essay 243
Index 247
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