Securing Peace in Europe, 1945–62

Thoughts for the post-Cold War Era

  • Beatrice Heuser
  • Robert O’Neill

Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Beatrice Heuser
      Pages 1-13
  3. The Formative Years of NATO

  4. NATO’s Problems on the Central Front

  5. The Mediterranean and the Far East

  6. Problems within the Alliance

  7. Concluding Thoughts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Robert O’Neill
      Pages 313-330
    3. Beatrice Heuser, Robert O’Neill
      Pages 331-337
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 338-355

About this book


As European security structures are undergoing transformation in the 1990s it is crucial to examine their origins and rationale: NATO secured peace and facilitated economic and political co-operation, while also becoming the vehicle of national rivalry. This book examines why and how NATO came into existence, and what its strengths and weaknesses were during its formative years. It draws conclusions from these experiences relevant to the reforms of Western security structures in the 1990s.


Europe Front NATO

Editors and affiliations

  • Beatrice Heuser
    • 1
  • Robert O’Neill
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut de FranceFrance
  2. 2.University of OxfordUK

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