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Recovery and hubris; effervescence in the East
Kjell M. Torbiörn

conventional forces in Europe and of strategic missiles. What might have happened had the Soviet design been successful? It could indeed have led to at least a degree of North American ‘decoupling’ from Western Europe. Why, the Americans might have argued, should we defend NATO partners who so easily succumb to pressure? Do they really want to defend themselves? Isolationist feelings were not pronounced in the United States at this time, not least because the Pacific Rim with South-East Asia at its centre was still economically insignificant in comparison with Western Europe

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