NATO and the United States: The Enduring Alliance

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The North American Treaty Organization (NATO) remains the indispensable link that binds America and Europe in common defense - even after the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union and its satellite countries. The North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO after its signing in Washington, D.C., in 1949, was one of the West's primary cold war-era countermeasures against the threat of Soviet aggression. Considering a military attack on any member an attack on all its members, NATO has made its way through ...
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Overview

The North American Treaty Organization (NATO) remains the indispensable link that binds America and Europe in common defense - even after the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union and its satellite countries. The North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO after its signing in Washington, D.C., in 1949, was one of the West's primary cold war-era countermeasures against the threat of Soviet aggression. Considering a military attack on any member an attack on all its members, NATO has made its way through some 45 years of turbulence from both without and within - the Korean War (1950-53), the Soviet launching of Sputnik in 1957, the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961, France's sudden withdrawal from the alliance in 1966 and the subsequent relocation of NATO headquarters to Brussels, SALT and START negotiations, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, and the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. In updating his 1987 history of the United States' relations with NATO and the European interests it encompasses, the eminent NATO scholar Lawrence S. Kaplan looks at the challenges the organization faces in the 1990s, arguing that the alliance is still essential for a stable and secure Europe and that it is incumbent on the United States to maintain its NATO troop strength. U.S. participation in NATO marked a fundamental change in America's pre-World War II policy of isolationism, and Kaplan begins this study by examining the postwar mood that led Washington into the unprecedented treaty and then to the maneuvers - especially by John Foster Dulles and Arthur Vandenberg - that facilitated the progress from treaty to organization. Kaplan charts the ups and downs of U.S. involvement with NATO as he explores NATO's "New Look" in the 1950s, negotiations with the irascible Charles de Gaulle and France's exit from NATO in the 1960s, detente and the Nixon doctrine of the 1970s, the dual-track approach (promoting both new arms and arms contro
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Kaplan, a NATO scholar and professor of history, analyzes the challenges the organization faces in the 1990s, arguing that the alliance is still essential for a stable Europe and that it is incumbent on the US to maintain its NATO troop strength. Includes texts of the Brussels Pact, the North Atlantic Treaty, and various related agreements, and a chronology. Paper edition (9221-X), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805792218
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Twayne's International History Series, #1
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

illustrations
foreword
preface
introduction
Ch. 1 Origins of the American Revolution of 1949 1
Ch. 2 The Brussels Connection and the Treaty of Washington, 1947-1949 12
Ch. 3 From Treaty to Organization: The Impact of the Korean War, 1949-1952 31
Ch. 4 NATO and the "New Look," 1952-1958 50
Ch. 5 NATO and the Defi Francais, 1958-1966 72
Ch. 6 Detente and the Nixon Doctrine, 1966-1974 97
Ch. 7 The Dual-Track Decision: New Arms and Arms Control, 1974-1983 120
Ch. 8 The Gorbachev Challenge, 1984-1989 145
Ch. 9 NATO in the 1990s 162
appendix A: The Brussels Pact 185
appendix B: The North Atlantic Treaty 189
appendix C: Resolution on Results of the Four and Nine Power Meetings 194
appendix D: The Future Tasks of the Alliance (Harmel Report) 196
appendix E: Long-Range Theater Nuclear Force Modernization and Related Arms Control 200
appendix F: The Alliance's New Strategic Concept 204
chronology 209
notes and references 225
glossary 239
bibliographic essay 241
index 245
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