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History and Strategy

ISBN-10: 0691023433
ISBN-13: 9780691023434
Edition: 1991
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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/21/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Marc Trachtenberg is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include "A Constructed Peace" and "The Craft of International History" (both Princeton).

Preface
Strategic Thought in America, 1952-1966
The Coming of the First World War: A Reassessment
A "Wasting Asset": American Strategy and the Shifting Nuclear Balance, 1949-1954
The Nuclearization of NATO and U.S.-West European Relations
The Berlin Crisis
The Influence of Nuclear Weapons in the Cuban Missile Crisis
Making Sense of the Nuclear Age
Key to Abbreviations in Chapter Five
Index

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