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History and Strategy : Princeton Studies in International History and Politics - Marc Trachtenberg

History and Strategy

Princeton Studies in International History and Politics

Paperback Published: 21st April 1991
ISBN: 9780691023434
Number Of Pages: 308

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This work is a powerful demonstration of how historical analysis can be brought to bear on the study of strategic issues, and, conversely, how strategic thinking can help drive historical research. Based largely on newly released American archives, History and Strategy focuses on the twenty years following World War II. By bridging the sizable gap between the intellectual world of historians and that of strategists and political scientists, the essays here present a fresh and unified view of how to explore international politics in the nuclear era. The book begins with an overview of strategic thought in America from 1952 through 1966 and ends with a discussion of "making sense" of the nuclear age. Trachtenberg reevaluates the immediate causes of World War I, studies the impact of the shifting nuclear balance on American strategy in the early 1950s, examines the relationship between the nuclearization of NATO and U.S.-West European relations, and looks at the Berlin and the Cuban crises. He shows throughout that there are startling discoveries to be made about events that seem to have been thoroughly investigated.

Prefacep. vii
Strategic Thought in America, 1952-1966p. 3
The Coming of the First World War: A Reassessmentp. 47
A "Wasting Asset": American Strategy and the Shifting Nuclear Balance, 1949-1954p. 100
The Nuclearization of NATO and U.S.-West European Relationsp. 153
The Berlin Crisisp. 169
The Influence of Nuclear Weapons in the Cuban Missile Crisisp. 235
Making Sense of the Nuclear Agep. 261
Key to Abbreviations in Chapter Fivep. 287
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780691023434
ISBN-10: 0691023433
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 21st April 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45