Why NATO Endures by Wallace J. Thies

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By Wallace J. Thies

Why NATO Endures examines army alliances and their position in diplomacy, constructing subject matters. the 1st is that the Atlantic Alliance, often referred to as NATO, has develop into whatever very diversified from nearly all pre-1939 alliances and lots of modern alliances. The contributors of early alliances usually feared their allies as a lot if no more than their enemies, viewing them as transitority accomplices and destiny opponents. by contrast, NATO individuals have been just about all democracies that inspired one another to develop more suitable. The book's moment topic is that NATO, as an alliance of democracies, has built hidden strengths that experience allowed it to suffer for approximately 60 years, not like so much different alliances, which frequently broke aside inside of many years. Democracies can and do disagree with each other, yet they don't worry one another. in addition they desire the approval of alternative democracies as they behavior their international regulations. those qualities represent integrated, self-healing traits, that's why NATO endures.

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There were few if any bonds of interest or affection that might promote continued cooperation once the objective that occasioned the formation of an alliance had either been won or irretrievably lost. ’’40 The states of eighteenth-century Europe often had enemies in common, but the presence of a common enemy was not the same as extensive common interests. The allagainst-all nature of the struggle to accumulate territory meant that states were reluctant to defend the possessions of those with whom they were temporarily allied.

9; Mowatt, The Age of Reason, pp. 65–66; Ropp, War in the Modern World, pp. 55, 57. Ropp, War in the Modern World, pp. 56–57; Dorn, Competition for Empire, pp. 97–98. Mowatt, The Age of Reason, p. 61; Dorn, Competition for Empire, p. 96. Dorn, Competition for Empire, pp. 83, 96, 98. Eric Robson, ‘‘The Armed Forces and the Art of War,’’ in The New Cambridge Modern History, vol. 7, The Old Regime, 1713–1763 ed. J. O. Lindsay (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1957), p. 168. See also Dorn, Competition for Empire, p.

For example, the bidding contest between Austria and Spain for an alliance with Sardinia during the War of the Austrian Succession, described by Dorn, Competition for Empire, pp. 153–154. In similar fashion, ‘‘Prussia and Austria each made tempting offers to France of territorial compensation in the Austrian Netherlands, if [France] would take part on one side or the other in the Bavarian Secession War’’ (note that Austria was a bidder even though it was nominally allied with France under the terms of the alliance of 1756), Bemis, The Diplomacy of the American Revolution, p.

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