The Diplomacy of Pragmatism sets Britain's role in the formation of NATO, not in the context of orthodox, revisionist or post-revisionist approaches to the Cold War, but in terms of what has become known as 'depolarization'. This approach emphasizes the distinctive and leading roles of other countries, apart from the Soviet Union and the United States, in the early Cold War period. In focusing on Britain's role there is no attempt to be chauvinistic. The key role of other states in the formation of NATO is acknowledged. Britain certainly did not establish NATO single-handedly. Nor was British diplomacy wholly consistent or completely successful throughout the period covered. Different strands of policy, focusing on the United States, Europe and a 'Third Power' global role, struggled for pre-eminence. Foreign policy and global strategy were not always well-coordinated. Nevertheless, despite the failures, it is argued that Ernest Bevin, the British Foreign Secretary, made a decisive contribution to postwar diplomacy by his pragmatic and patient attempts to coordinate the policies of Western European states together with the United States and Canada. By 1949, a new system of European security had been developed in the context of rapidly changing domestic and international events. The author argues that, despite the differences, there are important lessons to be learned from postwar diplomacy by today's statesmen as they struggle to build another new European security system in the post-Cold War era.
About the Author :
John Baylis has contributed to The Diplomacy of Pragmatism: Britain and the Formation of NATO, 1942- 1949 as an author.
John Baylis is Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Wales, Swansea.
James J. Wirtz is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Eliot Cohen is Professor and Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading.
|Title:||The Diplomacy of Pragmatism: Britain and the Formation of NATO, 1942- 1949||Publisher:||Kent State University Press|
|No. of Pages:||208|
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