By Julian Lindley-French

ISBN-10: 0199214328

ISBN-13: 9780199214327

ISBN-10: 1435618041

ISBN-13: 9781435618046

A Chronology of ecu safety and Defence 1945-2006 is a distinct and authoritative resource of reference for all people with an curiosity in eu safeguard and protection over the past 60 years. An broadly annotated chronology, the publication bargains a blow-by-blow account of the occasions that experience formed the Europe of at the present time. The ebook conscientiously locations every one occasion in context, explaining what occurred, the place, whilst, and why. Month-by-month, year-by-year Europe's fresh prior is laid out and defined. With its obtainable structure, wealthy element, and balanced research, the publication could be crucial interpreting and reference for students, scholars, policy-makers and policy-analysts alike.

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The French come under intense pressure from the Americans and British to desist from such practices. However, as a quid pro quo for French agreement, Schuman is charged by Acheson and Bevin with finding a solution to the ‘perennial problem’ of Germany and the historic threat it poses to its neighbours. October 1 The People’s Republic of China: After defeating Chinese nationalists under Chiang Kai-Shek, who retreat to the Island of Formosa (or Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is formed by the victorious communists under their leader, Mao Zedong.

July 23 The Road to European Union: The Treaty Establishing the ECSC enters into force. July 31 European Defence Community: After a tense debate in the British House of Commons, Parliament approves the EDC. However, the final motion is worded in such a way as to preclude any direct British involvement. August 23 European Defence Community: French Premier Antoine Pinay, who is a strong supporter of the EDC, steps down from office. August 25 European Defence Community: The Soviet Union attacks the EDC as being in breach of the 1945 Potsdam Agreement that committed the signatories not to rearm Germany.

This communicates to the Soviets that the Alliance will not yield one inch of soil under its protection. It is agreed that the political leader of NATO, the Secretary-General, must always be a European, whilst the military leader, the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) must always be an American. To that end, on 19 December 1950 General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed the first SACEUR. The hero of D-Day, and future US President, his appointment symbolizes the new relationship. It is a relationship that is given further symbolic eloquence with the appointment on 13 March 1952 of a Briton, Lord Bruce Ismay, as the first Secretary-General.

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