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The Cold War and AfterHistory, Theory, and the Logic of International Politics$
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Marc Trachtenberg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152028

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152028.001.0001

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America, Europe, and German Rearmament, August–September 1950: A Critique of a Myth

America, Europe, and German Rearmament, August–September 1950: A Critique of a Myth

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(p.110) Chapter Four America, Europe, and German Rearmament, August–September 1950: A Critique of a Myth
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The Cold War and After
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Marc Trachtenberg

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152028.003.0004

This chapter analyzes events in 1950 when U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson announced at the New York Conference that the U.S. government was willing to send “substantial forces” to Europe. The American combat force would be part of a collective force with a unified command structure, a force that would ultimately be capable of defending Western Europe on the ground. But the Americans were willing to take that step only if the European allies, for their part, were prepared to do what was necessary to “make this defense of Europe a success.” The U.S. government, he said, had come to the conclusion that the whole effort could not succeed without a German military contribution. So if the NATO allies wanted the American troops, they would have to accept the idea of German rearmament.

Keywords:   international relations, international politics, United States, Dean Acheson, Western Europe, defense policy, German rearmament, NATO

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