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NATO at 70

A Historiographical Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Linda Risso


230 pages

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pub: 2019-02-26
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Reflecting on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) at 70, and the organisation’s eventful history, this book challenges the traditional crisis-led approach that sees crises as key driving forces that pushed the alliance in radically new directions. It assesses the long-term development of NATO since its foundation.

Based on a wide range of case studies and on multinational archival research, the chapters in this book demonstrate the continuous effort of the NATO member states to build a shared political space and a common security thinking to enhance the Alliance resilience and deterrent function. The authors also correct the common tendency to focus on either the political or the military dimension of the Alliance. They show the deeply ingrained interdependence between the two and how their complexity has shaped the work, strategy, and development of NATO over time.

Thanks to its innovative approach and long-term scope, this volume offers new exciting insights into the history of the Alliance.

This book comprises articles originally published in Cold War History.

Table of Contents


Diego A. Ruiz Palmer

Introduction - Writing the History of NATO: A new agenda

Linda Risso

1. A nominal defence? NATO threat perception and responses in the Balkan area, 1951–1967

Dionysios Chourchoulis

2. Out-of-area: NATO perceptions of the Third World, 1957–1967

Evanthis Hatzivassiliou

3. Defeating the General: Anglo-American Relations, Europe and the NATO Crisis of 1966

James Ellison

4. Propaganda on wheels: The NATO travelling exhibitions in the 1950s and 1960s

Linda Risso

5. Favouritism in NATO’s Southeastern flank: The case of the Greek Colonels, 1967–74

Konstantina Maragkou

6. ‘Footnoting’ as a political instrument: Denmark's NATO policy in the 1980s

Nikolaj Petersen

7. "A mass psychosis": The Netherlands and NATO’s dual-track decision, 1978–1979

Ruud van Dijk

8. General Lyman L. Lemnitzer and NATO, 1948–1969: A Deferential Leader

Lawrence S. Kaplan

9. The NATO-Warsaw Pact competition in the 1970s and 1980s: a revolution in military affairs in the making or the end of a strategic age?

Diego A. Ruiz Palmer

About the Editor

Linda Risso is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, UK. Her research focuses on the historical development of NATO and on the legacies of the Cold War on today’s security and strategic thinking. She is the author of Propaganda and intelligence in the Cold War: The NATO Information Service (2014).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security