Atlantic Community in Crisis: A Redefinition of the by Walter F. Hahn

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100-103. (33) Department of State Bulletin, June 12, 1950, pp. 936-937. (34) Roy P r i c e , The Political Future of the European Community (London: John Marshbank, 1962), p. 27. (35) Ibid. (36) A l t i e r o $pinelli, The Eurocrats: Conflict and Crisis in the Community (Baltimore: The John Hopkins Press, 1966), p. 25. , pp. 12-13. (38) Goodman, p. 53. (39) President De Gaulle's Tenth Press Conference, July 23, 1964. Ambassade de france, N e w York, Speeches and Press Conferences, N o . 208, p.

American revisionist historians have suggested that the Western nations overreacted to the threat of Soviet military aggression in Europe in the late 1940s, averring that the Soviet Union, too weak at that time to provoke a showdown, had no intention either of mounting a general attack or of trying to push the West out of Berlin. Such verdicts, however, are much more easily rendered in the comfortable light of hindsight than in the context of the times. T o anxious leaders in the war-ravaged societies of Western Europe, the events of 1948-1949 pointed to a concerted communist offensive.

These and other related issues which make up the present agenda of the Atlantic and European communities will be dealt with in the succeeding chapters of this study. One wonders whether the countries of Europe and the Atlantic Community, which were not able to achieve unity in the early 1950s when the external catalyst was strong, can now grope for the goal by slow degrees. Perhaps the practical experience of working together and arguing their way through a maze of serious problems will produce results.

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