Transatlantic Relations since 1945

An Introduction

By Jussi Hanhimaki, Benedikt Schoenborn, Barbara Zanchetta

© 2012 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

Transatlantic Relations Since 1945 offers a comprehensive account of transatlantic relations in the second half of the 20th century (extending to the present-day).

The transatlantic relationship has been the bedrock of international relations since the end of World War II. This new textbook will focus on the period since the defeat of Nazi Germany, when the multitude of links between United States and Western Europe were created, extended, and multiplied. Written in an accessible style, it emphasizes transatlantic interactions, and avoids the temptation to focus on either U.S. ‘domination’ or European attempts to ‘resist’ an American effort to subjugate the old continent. That influence has travelled across the Atlantic in both directions is one of the starting points of this text.

Structured chronologically, the book will be built around three key themes:

  • Security: From the Cold War to the War on Terror
  • Economics: Integration and Competition
  • ‘Soft power’ and Transatlantic Relations.

This book will be of great interest to students of transatlantic relations, NATO, US Foreign Policy, Cold War History, European History and IR/International history.

Reviews

‘At a time of alarming turbulence in the global economy and of gloomy pessimism about the overall state of the international system, Hanhimaki's book stands as a useful reminder of the complexities and the frailties, but also of the remarkable resilience and the persistent importance, of the Transatlantic partnership in the history of the world since 1945.' -- Leopoldo Nuti, Roma Tre University, Italy

‘Although a central aspect of the world since 1945, the Transatlantic relationship has lacked a good introductory text. This book is therefore a hugely welcome publication.’ -- Piers Ludlow, London School of Economics, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. American Commitment to Europe, 1945-1949 2. Institutional Frameworks, 1949-1957 3. Tension and Coexistence, 1957-1961 4. Challenged America, 1961-1972 5. Atlantic Distance, 1973-1983 6. Walls Come Down, 1984-1989 7. Transitions and Uncertainties, 1989-1995 8. Enlargement, Integration, and Globalization, 1995-2001 9. A New Order, 2001-2011

About the Authors

Jussi M. Hanhimaki is Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS), Geneva. He is author/co-author of five books and won the 2002 Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Benedikt Schoenborn is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tampere, Finland, and a former Fellow of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. He is the author of various articles on Western Europe in the Cold War and of the prize-winning book La mésentente apprivoisée: de Gaulle et les Allemands (2007).

Barbara Zanchetta is a Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki, focusing on US foreign policy, transatlantic relations and 'out of area' issues. She is completing a book titled From Dominance to Leadership: The Transformation of American Power in the 1970s.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy