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The real years of Europe?: U.S.-West European relations during the Ford administration

Ludlow, N. Piers ORCID: 0000-0002-4883-4536 (2013) The real years of Europe?: U.S.-West European relations during the Ford administration. Journal of Cold War Studies, 15 (3). pp. 136-161. ISSN 1520-3972

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Identification Number: 10.1162/JCWS_a_00373


Little has been written about transatlantic relations during the presidency of Gerald R. Ford. This article shows that, contrary to what most of the recent historiography suggests, the brief period under Ford did make an important difference in U.S.–West European relations. During the Ford administration, the whole architecture of transatlantic relations was rearranged, creating structures and features that endured well after Ford and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, had left office. In particular, the Ford years witnessed the emergence of a pattern of quadripartite consultation between the United States, Britain, France, and West Germany on foreign policy issues; and the advent of multilateral economic summitry. Each of these innovations transformed the pattern of U.S.–West European dialogue.

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Additional Information: © 2013 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 08:14
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 16:24
Funders: Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines at the London School of Economics (LSE)

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