This essential new volume reviews the threat perceptions, military doctrines, and war plans of both the NATO alliance and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, as well as the position of the neutrals, from the post-Cold War perspective.
Based on previously unknown archival evidence from both East and West, the twelve essays in the book focus on the potential European battlefield rather than the strategic competition between the superpowers. They present conclusions about the nature of the Soviet threat that could previously only be speculated about and analyze the interaction between military matters and politics in the alliance management on both sides, with implications for the present crisis of the Western alliance.
This new book will be of much interest for students of the Cold War, strategic history and international relations history, as well as all military colleges.
Introduction: New Perspectives on the Cold War Alliances: Threat Perceptions and War Planning Vojtech Mastny 1. Imagining War in Europe: Soviet Strategic Planning Vojtech Mastny 2. Storming on to Paris: The 1961 "Buria" Exercise and the Planned Solution of the Berlin Crisis Matthias Uhl 3. War Plans under Stalin and Khrushchev: The Czechoslovak Pivot Petr Lunák 4. The Warsaw Pact’s Special Target: Planning the Seizure of Denmark Frede P. Jensen 5. The Other Side of Détente: US Quest for Limited Nuclear Options, 1969–1974 William Burr 6. Silent Allies and Hostile Neutrals: Nonaligned States in the Cold War: The Politics of Alliance Management Wilhelm Agrell 7. The Politics of Military Planning: Evolution of NATO’s Strategy Andreas Wenger 8. Alliance of Democracies and Nuclear Deterrence Beatrice Heuser 9. Securing Small-State Interests: Norway in NATO Kjell Inge Bjerga and Kjetil Skogrand 10. How Strong Was the "Weakest Link"? Danish Security Policy Reconsidered Jonathan Agger and Trine Engholm Michelsen 11. To Defend or Not to Defend: Drawing the Line in the Netherlands Jan Hoffenaar 12. Arrogant and Unilateralist: McNamara, Vietnam, and the Defense of Europe Lawrence S. Kaplan