A constructed peace : the making of the European settlement, 1945-1963 / Marc Trachtenberg.

By: Trachtenberg, Marc, 1946-Material type: TextTextSeries: Princeton studies in international history and politics: Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1999Description: xv, 424 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cmISBN: 0691001839 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780691001838 (cloth : alk. paper); 0691002738 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780691002736 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Europe -- Politics and government -- 1945- | Europe -- Foreign relations -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- Europe | Peace | North Atlantic Treaty Organization | Nuclear weapons -- International cooperationDDC classification: 327/.094/09045 LOC classification: D1058 | .T718 1999Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
The Division of Europe -- A Spheres of Influence Peace? -- Toward the Rubicon -- The Test of Strength -- The Nato System -- The Making of the NATO System -- Eisenhower and Nuclear Sharing -- An Alliance in Disarray -- The Cold War Peace -- The Politics of the Berlin Crisis, 1958-1960 -- Kennedy, NATO, and Berlin -- A Settlement Takes Shape.
Awards: American Historical Association George Louis Beer Prize, 2000. | American Historical Association Paul Birdsall Prize in European Military and Strategic History, 2000.Summary: Analisa a importância da Alemanha no cenário da guerra fria, durante os anos de 1945 a 1963. Desenvolve o argumento de que o poder da Alemanha, sobretudo o poder nuclear alemão, foi o principal problema para o estabelecimento de um sistema internacional estável e pacífico na Europa e, recentemente, no mundo como um todo.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-418) and index.

The Division of Europe -- A Spheres of Influence Peace? -- Toward the Rubicon -- The Test of Strength -- The Nato System -- The Making of the NATO System -- Eisenhower and Nuclear Sharing -- An Alliance in Disarray -- The Cold War Peace -- The Politics of the Berlin Crisis, 1958-1960 -- Kennedy, NATO, and Berlin -- A Settlement Takes Shape.

Analisa a importância da Alemanha no cenário da guerra fria, durante os anos de 1945 a 1963. Desenvolve o argumento de que o poder da Alemanha, sobretudo o poder nuclear alemão, foi o principal problema para o estabelecimento de um sistema internacional estável e pacífico na Europa e, recentemente, no mundo como um todo.

American Historical Association George Louis Beer Prize, 2000.

American Historical Association Paul Birdsall Prize in European Military and Strategic History, 2000.

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Library Journal Review

The launch of the Euro, the potential deployment of U.S. troops in Kosovo, and NATO's 50th anniversary highlight the stability sweepstakes in Europe. Trachtenberg (history, Univ. of Pennsylvania), a premier U.S. scholar of international relations, tells how Europe, progenitor of global war and incendiary ideology, was tamed by the United States and Russia. Trachtenberg's work is an exhaustive, well-written study of statecraft at the highest levels. Despite the global U.S.-Soviet rivalry, Germany held (and still holds) the key to global peace. Exploiting print and archival sources, Trachtenberg argues that by 1963, at the beginning of the Vietnam War, a stable system of Cold War relations was in place. This system rested on the status quo in Central Europe, particularly in Berlin; nuclear deterrence (read a nonnuclear Germany); and U.S. troops in Europe. De facto d‚tente existed well before Nixon and Kissinger made it policy. Despite the demise of the Soviet Union and the advent of a New Order, this Germany-centered system endures. We ignore it at our peril. Recommended.ÄJohn Raymond Walser, U.S. Dept. of State, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Trachtenberg's study is an important contribution to the historiography of the Cold War in Europe. Trachtenberg, author of History and Strategy (1991), has done extensive research in archival sources as well as in the published literature, both primary and secondary. He challenges interpretations of some of the most controversial foreign policy decisions of the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy presidencies. He provides details of the haute politique of the US, Britain, France, and Germany, though the volume of cited documentation for his judgments dwindles as he moves eastward. The major missing piece in the international puzzle, necessarily, is the motivation behind Soviet policies. General readers may enjoy the few illustrations but may be intimidated by ponderous and repetitious prose and scholarly apparatus. But for scholars and those acquainted with the period and its controversies, this book is indispensable. There are numerous and lengthy footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and a referral to an Internet supplement (which if unreachable directly can be called up through the University of Pennsylvania Web site). This last feature consists of eight short appendixes on various topics, as well as other references, and is an example of the new fashion of integrating print and electronic materials. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Swartz; University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Marc Trachtenberg is Professor of History at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania.

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