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War Plans and Alliances in the Cold War : Threat Perceptions in the East and West - Vojtech Mastny

War Plans and Alliances in the Cold War

Threat Perceptions in the East and West

By: Vojtech Mastny (Editor), Sven S. Holtsmark (Editor), Andreas Wenger (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415390613
Number Of Pages: 310

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This Important new volume reviews the threat perceptions, military doctrines, and war plans of both the NATO alliance and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, as well as the position of the neutrals, from the post-Cold War perspective.
Based on previously unknown archival evidence from both East and West, the 12 essays in this collection focus on the potential European battlefield rather than the strategic competition between the superpowers. They present conclusions about the nature of the Soviet threat that previously could only be speculated about and analyze the interaction between military matters and politics in the alliance management on both sides, with implications for the present crisis of the Western alliance. By focusing on the potential European battlefield rather than the strategic competition between the superpowers, the book explores the Cold War roots of the different American and European approaches to security.
The conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of the two alliances highlight the importance of political, rather than merely military, determinants of the cohesion of NATO in the post-Cold War security environment.
This new book will be of much interest to students of the Cold War, strategic history and international relations history.

List of contributorsp. vii
Introduction: new perspectives on the Cold War alliancesp. 1
Threat perceptions and war planningp. 13
Imagining war in Europe: Soviet strategic planningp. 15
Storming on to Paris: the 1961 Buria exercise and the planned solution of the Berlin crisisp. 46
War plans from Stalin to Brezhnev: the Czechoslovak pivotp. 72
The Warsaw Pact's special target: planning the seizure of Denmarkp. 95
"Is this the best they can do?": Henry Kissinger and the US quest for limited nuclear options, 1969-75p. 118
Silent allies and hostile neutrals: nonaligned states in the Cold Warp. 141
The politics of alliance managementp. 163
The politics of military planning: evolution of NATO's strategyp. 165
Alliance of democracies and nuclear deterrencep. 193
Securing small-state interests: Norway in NATOp. 218
How strong was the "weakest link"? Danish security policy reconsideredp. 240
"To defend or not to defend": drawing the line in the Netherlandsp. 266
McNamara, Vietnam, and the defense of Europep. 286
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780415390613
ISBN-10: 0415390613
Series: CSS Studies in Security and International Relations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 20th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.43  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1