New PDF release: Anglo American Approaches to Alliance Security, 1955-60

By W. Rees

ISBN-10: 0333626699

ISBN-13: 9780333626696

This publication seems to be on the attitudes and guidelines of the USA and uk, within the overdue Nineteen Fifties, in the direction of the 3 significant alliances in Europe, the center East and South East Asia. Drawing upon a wealth of archival fabric, it analyses either the army courting among the U.S. and united kingdom and the level to which those nations have been ready to cooperate with their allies in countering the threats to Western protection.

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In such a conflict, the home territories of both the United States and Britain were likely to be at risk of complete destruction. A global conflict would be unlimited in destructive potential and unrestricted in geographical 18 The Nature of War 19 coverage. The United States and Britain understood global war to mean war with the Soviet Union, for it was the only country that possessed the material means to wage such a level of conflict. 1 The US and the UK believed that the principal objectives of the Soviet Union in a global war would be to seize the maximum amount of Western territory while minimising the amount of damage that would be caused to its homeland.

They clearly did not believe that the three alliances could cater for all their multifarious security interests. Alliances involve the concepts of independence, dependence and interdependence over the vital issue of security. States therefore face a complex set of choices when deciding what measures they will undertake to implement their alliance commitments, and to what extent they will seek integration. There is a variable amount of involvement for a state within an alliance: at one end of the spectrum lies complete independence, while at the opposite end of the continuum lies integration.

The Eisenhower Administration appeared, as time went on, to place less reliance upon the catch-all nature of Massive Retaliation. 26 Anglo-American Approaches to Alliance Security, 1955-60 There could be little doubt that the Soviets recognised the danger of global war. The behaviour of the USSR in the latter part of the 1950s suggested caution rather than recklessness. Yet as the nuclear strength of the Soviets increased, it was not clear what impact this would have upon their behaviour. On the one hand, an optimistic assessment was that the Soviets would remain cautious, additional nuclear capabilities only serving to increase their sense of responsibility.

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