This unique collection of essays lays the groundwork for the study of the intersection of European integration and transatlantic relations in the 1980s. With archives for this period only recently being opened, scholars are beginning to analyse and understand what some have called a peak moment in the European project and others have called the Second Cold War. How do these moments intersect and relate to one another? These essays, by prominent scholars from Europe and the United States, examine these and related questions while challenging the '1980s' itself as a useful demarcation for historical analysis.
Kiran Klaus Patel is Professor of European and Global History at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He is the author of Soldiers of Labor: Labor Service in Nazi Germany and New Deal America (Cambridge University Press, 2005), co-editor of The United States and Germany during the 20th Century: Competition and Convergence (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Europeanization in the Twentieth Century: Historical Approaches (2010). Kenneth Weisbrode is Assistant Professor of History at Bilkent University, Turkey. He is author of On Ambivalence (2012) and The Atlantic Century (2009), and co-editor of The Paradox of a Global USA (2007).
1. Introduction: old barriers, new openings Kiran Klaus Patel and Kenneth Weisbrode; 2. The unnoticed apogee of Atlanticism? US-Western European relations during the early Reagan era N. Piers Ludlow; 3. More cohesive, still divergent: western Europe, the United States, and the Madrid CSCE follow-up meeting Angela Romano; 4. The deal of the century: the Reagan administration and the Soviet pipeline Ksenia Demidova; 5. Poland's solidarity as a contested symbol of the cold war: transatlantic debates after the Polish crisis Robert Brier; 6. The European community and the paradoxes of American economic diplomacy: the revealing case of the IT and telecommunications sectors Arthe van Laer; 7. The European community and international Reaganomics, 1981-5 Duccio Basosi; 8. Did transatlantic drift help European integration? The Euromissiles crisis, the strategic defense initiative, and the quest for political cooperation Philipp Gassert; 9. A transatlantic security crisis? Transnational relations between the West German and the US peace movements, 1977-85 Holger Nehring; 10. Reviving the transatlantic community? The successor generation concept in US foreign affairs Giles Scott-Smith; 11. The re-launching of Europe in the mid-1980s Antonio Varsori; 12. A shift in mood: the 1992 initiative and changing American perceptions of the European community, 1988-9 Mark Gilbert; 13. France, the United States, and NATO: between Europeanization and re-Atlanticization, 1990-1 Frederic Bozo; 14. Afterword Kiran Klaus Patel and Kenneth Weisbrode.
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