NATO, Britain, France and the FRG: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe, 1949–2000

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Springer, Sep 3, 1999 - Political Science - 256 pages
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Containing the histories (from 1945 to the present) of the nuclear strategies of NATO, Britain and France, and of the defence preferences of the FRG (West Germany), this book shows how strategies were functions of a perceived Soviet threat and an American 'nuclear guarantee'. There were three options for West Europeans: a compromise with differing American needs in NATO, pursued by Britain and the FRG; national nuclear forces, developed by Britain and France; and projects for an independent European nuclear force.
 

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Contents

1 Western Europe between Soviet Threat and American Guarantee
1
Compromises
26
InterDependence
63
Independence
93
Consultation
124
6 Projects for a European Nuclear Force
148
Notes
173
Index
245
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About the author (1999)

BEATRICE HEUSER is a Senior Lecturer and has been at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, since 1991. She was educated at the Universities of London and Oxford, where she held a North Senior Scholarship at St John's College and a NATO Fellowship, and completed her DPhil in 1987. Since graduating, she has worked at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Ebenhausen, Germany), and the University of Reims (France). She has held an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security, and several other fellowships. She is the author of Western Containment Policies in the Cold War, and of Transatlantic Relations and the editor, with Robert O'Neill, of Securing Peace in Europe, 1945-1963 and (with Cyril Buffet) of Haunted by History: Myths in International Relations.

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