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The rise and fall of the European defence community : Anglo-American relations and the crisis of European defence, 1950-55, Kevin Ruane, (electronic book)

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The rise and fall of the European defence community : Anglo-American relations and the crisis of European defence, 1950-55
Title
The rise and fall of the European defence community
Title remainder
Anglo-American relations and the crisis of European defence, 1950-55
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Kevin Ruane
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Using the European Defence Community (EDC) as a case-study, this book examines the competing and often conflicting views of the British and American governments towards European integration in the 1950s. Unlike much of the scholarship on Britain and Europe, this study argues that London, with Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to the fore, was both positive and constructive in its support for the supranational EDC. Indeed, in 1953, when the US government warned of an 'agonizing reappraisal' of its defence relationship with Europe if the project failed, British support actually intensified. By 1954, this American factor, rather than support for European unity per se, had become the dominant feature of EdenOs policy. When, in August 1954, the French parliament destroyed the EDC and simultaneously plunged NATO into chaos, it was fear of the 'agonizing reappraisal' that also determined much of Eden's ultimately successful crisis management. At the London Nine-Power Conference of September-October 1954, the British were instrumental not only in holding NATO together and anchoring West Germany firmly in the Western camp, but in encouraging Washington to re-dedicate itself to European defence. This last achievement has rarely been given the prominence it deserves, perhaps because contemporary observers, and many historians, dismissed the 'agonizing reappraisal' as a bluff. However, as this book will show, there was more substance to the threat than is often allowed, with sections of the US Congress in particular pressing the Eisenhower Administ-tion to adopt a 'peripheral' defence of Europe
  • '... an impressively researched and cogently argued study of the ill-fated treaty to establish a European Defense Community at the apex of the Cold War. No student of international history, nor observer of contemporary international politics, can afford to overlook this book.' - Professor Richard H. Immerman, Temple University, USA 'Kevin Ruane's book is a well-written and forcefully argued account of the British role in the rise and fall of the European Defense Community ... a first-class work of historical writing.' - Professor Thomas A. Schwartz, Vanderbilt University, USA 'With its thorough grasp of the sources, Kevin Ruane's book throws new light on the ill-fated European Defense Community...' - Professor John W. Young, University of Leicester 'Kevin Ruane's study of the crisis surrounding European Defence arrangements in the early 1950s makes an important contribution to our understanding of the Anglo-American relations and of British attitudes towards the early stages of European integration.' - Dr David Dutton, University of Liverpool 'This is a book well worth reading for both specialists and those with a more general interest...' - John W. Coogan, Albion '...this elegantly crafted and subtly argued book achieves a thoughtful and significant reevaluation...' - American Historical Review
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Ruane, Kevin
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Cold War history series
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  • European cooperation
  • Europe, Western
  • Great Britain
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • European Defense Community.
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The rise and fall of the European defence community : Anglo-American relations and the crisis of European defence, 1950-55, Kevin Ruane, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-241) and index
Contents
Introduction: Agonizing Reappraisals -- Part I: The Crisis Looms -- Britain, the United States and the Rearming of Germany: October 1950 to May 1952 -- Anglo-American Relations and the EDC: May 1952 to December 1953 -- Part II: The Crisis Breaks -- A Parting of the Ways: The Bermuda Conference and Paris NATO Council, December 1953 -- French Ratification of the EDC: Competing Anglo-American Approaches, January to July 1954 -- The Death of the EDC: July to August 1954 -- Part III: The Crisis Resolved -- Selling the Solution: British Crisis Management: August to September 1954 -- Anglo-American Divorce and Reconciliation: September 1954 -- Phoenix from the Ashes: The Birth of the Western European Union, October 1954 to May 1955 -- Part IV: Conclusion -- Agonizing Reappraisals: Anglo-American Relations and the Crisis of European Defence
Control code
9780230599086
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 252 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230599086
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.
Label
The rise and fall of the European defence community : Anglo-American relations and the crisis of European defence, 1950-55, Kevin Ruane, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-241) and index
Contents
Introduction: Agonizing Reappraisals -- Part I: The Crisis Looms -- Britain, the United States and the Rearming of Germany: October 1950 to May 1952 -- Anglo-American Relations and the EDC: May 1952 to December 1953 -- Part II: The Crisis Breaks -- A Parting of the Ways: The Bermuda Conference and Paris NATO Council, December 1953 -- French Ratification of the EDC: Competing Anglo-American Approaches, January to July 1954 -- The Death of the EDC: July to August 1954 -- Part III: The Crisis Resolved -- Selling the Solution: British Crisis Management: August to September 1954 -- Anglo-American Divorce and Reconciliation: September 1954 -- Phoenix from the Ashes: The Birth of the Western European Union, October 1954 to May 1955 -- Part IV: Conclusion -- Agonizing Reappraisals: Anglo-American Relations and the Crisis of European Defence
Control code
9780230599086
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 252 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230599086
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.

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