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A Chronology of European Security and Defence 1945-2006 by Julian Lindley-French

By Julian Lindley-French

A Chronology of ecu safety and Defence 1945-2006 is a different and authoritative resource of reference for all people with an curiosity in eu protection and defense during the last 60 years. An largely annotated chronology, the ebook bargains a blow-by-blow account of the occasions that experience formed the Europe of at the present time. The publication rigorously areas each one occasion in context, explaining what occurred, the place, whilst, and why. Month-by-month, year-by-year Europe's contemporary prior is laid out and defined. With its obtainable structure, wealthy element, and balanced research, the booklet should be crucial analyzing and reference for students, scholars, policy-makers and policy-analysts alike.

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Churchill implies that the British would be part of such an integrated, supranational force but will not confirm it. August 11 European Defence Community: In the Strasbourg Resolution, the Council of Europe (CoE) calls for ‘the creation, for a common defence of Europe, of a European Army under political institutions of a United Europe’. August 29 The German Question: Chancellor Konrad Adenauer offers West German participation in the defence of Western Europe. August The Balance of Forces in Europe: In the face of the overwhelming conventional superiority of Soviet armed forces the French Government announces that it is to increase its army significantly to 20 divisions with a 28-group air force.

Moreover, West German agreement would also be dependent on a bilateral settlement with France of the Saar/Ruhr dispute and West Germany’s territorial claim. In effect, Adenauer is testing the political climate and following the hostile reaction to his suggestion he quickly backs away from the proposal. February 8 European Defence Community: The West German Parliament, the Bundestag, votes for a resolution demanding equal status for Germany and an end to the occupation of the Western powers if it is to accept membership of the EDC.

August 29 The Nuclear Balance: Much to the shock of the West the Soviet Union explodes its first atomic device. Washington thought that the USSR was several years the US behind in obtaining the requisite technology. The USSR had been helped by such notorious spies as the Rosenbergs, Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, and Donald Maclean. The American nuclear monopoly is ended and the Cold War enters a new phase. September 17 NATO—The Early Years: The first session of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) takes place in Washington.

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