Title: Threat perceptions in the East and West
Editors: Vojtech Mastny, Sven G. Holtsmark and Andreas Wenger
Publisher: London, Routledge
ISBN 0-415-39061-3 Paperback ISBN 0-415-39564-X
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. The book is an outgrow of the Spitzbergen conference of 2003 organised by the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies as partner in the Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
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. By focusing on the potential European battlefield rather than the strategic competition between the superpowers, the book explores the Cold War roots of the different American and European approaches to security.
The conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of the two alliances highlight the importance of political, rather than merely military, determinants of the cohesion of NATO in the post-Cold War security environment. 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.
- Vojtech Mastny: Imagining war in Europe: Soviet strategic planning
- Mattias Uhl: Storming on to Paris: the 1961 Buria exercise and the planned solution of the Berlin crisis
- Petr Lunak: War plans from Stalin to Brezhnev: the Czechoslovak pivot
- Frede P. Jensen: The Warsaw Pact’s special target: planning the seizure of Denmark
- William Burr: “Is this the best they can do?”: Henry Kissinger and the US quest for limited nuclear options, 1969–75
- Wilhelm Agrell: Silent allies and hostile neutrals: nonaligned states in the Cold War
- Andreas Wenger: The politics of military planning: evolution of NATO’s strategy
- Beatrice Heuser: Alliance of democracies and nuclear deterrence
- Kjell Inge Bjerga and Kjetil Skogrand: Securing small-state interests: Norway in NATO
- Jonathan Søborg Agger and Trine Engholm Michelsen: How strong was the “weakest link”? Danish security policy reconsidered
- Jan Hoffenaar: “To defend or not to defend”: drawing the line in the Netherlands
- Lawrence S. Kaplan: McNamara, Vietnam, and the defense of Europe