This book examines the NATO reports on the Soviet bloc's
political and economic system, from 1951 to the aftermath of the
Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the beginning of detente.
As part of the wider history of Cold War Alliances, the detailed
assessments of the NATO experts regarding the non-military aspects
of Soviet power are a crucial indicator of Western/allied
perceptions of the adversary. Their study allows us to widen the
discussion on the Western alliance, the accuracy of its information
or perceptions, and the nature of the Cold War.
Hatzivassiliou argues that the Cold War was not only a strategic
dilemma (although it certainly was that, as well), but also the
latest stage of the crisis of legitimization which had been raging
since the dawn of modernity. NATO/Western analysis is examined in
this context. At the same time, the book discusses the relative
influence of the major NATO members - US and British influence was
strong while French, West German and Italian influence was also
significant - in the drafting of the reports, and thus in shaping
the alliance's perceptions during the Cold War.
This book will be of much interest to students of NATO, Cold War
Studies, international history, foreign policy and IR in
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