Reflecting on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) at 70, and the organisation’s eventful history, this book challenges the traditional crisis-led approach that sees crises as key driving forces that pushed the alliance in radically new directions. It assesses the long-term development of NATO since its foundation.

Based on a wide range of case studies and on multinational archival research, the chapters in this book demonstrate the continuous effort of the NATO member states to build a shared political space and a common security thinking to enhance the Alliance resilience and deterrent function. The authors also correct the common tendency to focus on either the political or the military dimension of the Alliance. They show the deeply ingrained interdependence between the two and how their complexity has shaped the work, strategy, and development of NATO over time.

Thanks to its innovative approach and long-term scope, this volume offers new exciting insights into the history of the Alliance.

This book comprises articles originally published in Cold War History.

chapter |6 pages


Writing the History of NATO: A new agenda
ByLinda Risso

chapter |22 pages

Out-of-area: NATO perceptions of the Third World, 1957–1967

ByEvanthis Hatzivassiliou

chapter |20 pages

Cold War in the Aegean

Favouritism in NATO’s Southeastern flank: The case of the Greek Colonels, 1967–74
ByKonstantina Maragkou

chapter |19 pages

General Lyman L. Lemnitzer and NATO, 1948–69: a deferential leader

ByLawrence S. Kaplan