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The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

Geir Lundestad

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266685
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601057 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266689.001.0001
The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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Based on new and existing research by a world‐class scholar, this is the first book in twenty years to examine the dynamics of the entire American–Western European relationship since 1945. The relationship between the US and Western Europe has always been crucial, and current events dictate that it is becoming ever more so. In this book, the author analyses the balance between the cooperation and conflict that has characterized this relationship in the post‐war period. He examines talk of transatlantic drift, and the strain now apparent between the US and the nation states of Western Europe. The first nine chapters are, for the most part, arranged as a chronological account of the relationship. In the concluding Ch. 10 section, the author offers a topical view of the future of transatlantic interaction. Throughout the work, the author's much cited ‘“Empire” by invitation’ thesis is both put into practice and extended in time and scope. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in one of the most important and enduring international relationships of the last sixty years.

Keywords: American–Western European relations; conflict; cooperation; dynamics; empire by invitation; history; international relationships; relationship; transatlantic drift; US; Western Europe

Book.  344 pages. 

Subjects: International Relations

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Introduction in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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Cooperation Established: “Empire” by Invitation, 1945–1950 in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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De Gaulle's Challenge to America's Hegemony, 1962–1969 in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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From Bad to Worse: The United States and Western Europe, 1977–1984 in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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The End of the Cold War and Cooperation in the End, 1984–1993 in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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America's New Strong Role in Europe, 1993–2001 in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

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