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Kaplan, Lawrence S.

Works: 84 works in 310 publications in 1 language and 16,841 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other
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Most widely held works by Lawrence S Kaplan
NATO and the UN : a peculiar relationship by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed just four years after the United Nations, it provided its members with a measure of security in the face of the Soviet Union's veto power in the senior organization's Security Council, as well as a means of coping with Communist expansion. Ever since then, the two institutions have been competitors in maintaining peace in the postwar world. Occasionally they have cooperated; more often they have not. In NATO and the UN, Lawrence Kaplan, one of the leading experts on NATO, examines the intimate and often contentious relations between the two and describes how this relationship has changed over the course of two generations. Kaplan documents the many interactions between them throughout their interconnected history, focusing on the major flashpoints where either NATO clashed with UN leadership, the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other directly, or fissures within the Atlantic alliance were dramatized in UN sessions. He draws on the organizations' records as well as unpublished files from the National Archives and its counterparts in Britain, France, and Germany to provide the best account yet of working relations between the two organizations. By examining their complex connection with regard to such conflicts as the Balkan wars, Kaplan enhances our understanding of both institutions. Crisis management has been a source of conflict between the two in the past but has also served as an incentive for collaboration, and Kaplan shows how this peculiar but persistent relationship has functioned. Although the Cold War years are gone, the UN remains the setting where NATO problems have played out, as they have in Iraq during recent decades. And it is to NATO that the UN has turned for military power to face crises in the Balkans, Middle East, and South Asia. Kaplan stresses the importance of both organizations in the twenty-first century, recognizing their potential to advance global peace and security while showing how their tangled history explains the obstacles that stand in the way. His work offers significant findings that will especially impact our understanding of NATO while filling a sizable gap in our understanding of post-World War II diplomacy. -- Book jacket
The United States and NATO : the formative years by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

16 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NATO divided, NATO united : the evolution of an alliance by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaplan (history and European Union studies, Kent State U.) concentrates on the differences within the North American Treaty Organization, particularly between the US and Europe. Internal conflicts, he says, have arguable been more frequent and often more bitter if not more dangerous to the alliance
NATO and the United States : the enduring alliance by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The North American Treaty Organization (NATO) remains the indispensable link that binds America and Europe in common defense - even after the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union and its satellite countries. The North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO after its signing in Washington, D.C., in 1949, was one of the West's primary cold war-era countermeasures against the threat of Soviet aggression. Considering a military attack on any member an attack on all its members, NATO has made its way through some 45 years of turbulence from both without and within - the Korean War (1950-53), the Soviet launching of Sputnik in 1957, the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961, France's sudden withdrawal from the alliance in 1966 and the subsequent relocation of NATO headquarters to Brussels, SALT and START negotiations, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, and the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. In updating his 1987 history of the United States' relations with NATO and the European interests it encompasses, the eminent NATO scholar Lawrence S. Kaplan looks at the challenges the organization faces in the 1990s, arguing that the alliance is still essential for a stable and secure Europe and that it is incumbent on the United States to maintain its NATO troop strength. U.S. participation in NATO marked a fundamental change in America's pre-World War II policy of isolationism, and Kaplan begins this study by examining the postwar mood that led Washington into the unprecedented treaty and then to the maneuvers - especially by John Foster Dulles and Arthur Vandenberg - that facilitated the progress from treaty to organization. Kaplan charts the ups and downs of U.S. involvement with NATO as he explores NATO's "New Look" in the 1950s, negotiations with the irascible Charles de Gaulle and France's exit from NATO in the 1960s, detente and the Nixon doctrine of the 1970s, the dual-track approach (promoting both new arms and arms control) of the early 1980s, the challenge posed by Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980s, and the shape of the so-called new world order that emerged from the rubble of the Communist empire. The fate of the large nuclear arsenals in Russia and the Ukraine, the rise of nationalism in the former Soviet republics, and NATO membership for the former Warsaw Pact countries are crucial issues remaining on NATO's drawing board, and Kaplan's timely and comprehensive chronicle of this enduring alliance should prove essential reading for anyone interested in what Europe will look like, and how secure it will be, in the twenty-first century
Jefferson and France; an essay on politics and political ideas by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

11 editions published between 1967 and 1980 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NATO 1948 : the birth of the transatlantic Alliance by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This compelling history brings to life the watershed year of 1948, when the United States reversed its long-standing position of political and military isolation from Europe and agreed to an 'entangling alliance' with ten European nations. The historic North Atlantic Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949, but the often-contentious negotiations stretched throughout the preceding year. Lawrence S. Kaplan, the leading historian of NATO, traces the tortuous and dramatic process, which struggled to reconcile the conflicting concerns on the part of the future partners. He brings to life the colorful di
The romance of history : essays in honor of Lawrence S. Kaplan( )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Romance of History is a collection of articles and essays which reflects the varied professional interests of eminent diplomatic historian Lawrence S. Kaplan. The collection is drawn largely from Kaplan's former students?accomplished scholars in their own right?but also features senior colleagues. Throughout a lifetime of teaching and scholarship, Kaplan has accomplished one of the most important tasks of historians: to tell stories that enlightens and provoke. He has helped probe and define two vital areas of American history: the diplomacy of the early republics and the evolution of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both eras were filled with challenges, risks, and policymakers alternately wise and unwise, brash and humble, idealistic and pragmatic; both eras were punctuated by crises that appeared to threaten the foundations of the nation; and, for Kaplan, both were linked by a common thread of reason and the patient effort to shape an effective diplomacy among shifting global rivals. The Romance of History is a tribute to a fine historian, demonstrating the range and scope of his interests
Alexander Hamilton : ambivalent Anglophile by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all of the Founding Fathers of the American republic none, with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson, has evoked more passions and aroused more controversy than Alexander Hamilton. In this absorbing new biography, eminent historian Lawrence Kaplan examines Hamilton's conception of America's role in the world and the foreign policies that followed from his vision. Kaplan looks at how Hamilton acted upon his views in shaping the course of American foreign relations. The author provides a focused, accessible biography of Hamilton and a nuanced assessment of his impact on Federalist
Recent American foreign policy; conflicting interpretations by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

26 editions published between 1958 and 1974 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dien Bien Phu and the crisis of Franco-American relations, 1954-1955 by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entangling alliances with none : American foreign policy in the age of Jefferson by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written over a thirty-year period, the essays included in this volume develop one central theme: the completion of American isolationism in the formative years of the nation. Isolationism, in Kaplan?s view, is not to be taken as economic or cultural independence but as abstention from political or military obligations to Europe, from alliances or from purposeful entanglement in the European balance of power. This study focuses on the assertion that Thomas Jefferson was central to the making of American foreign policy from the Revolution to 1803. But Kaplan?s view is not always supportive of Jefferson. In fact, Kaplan believes the collection has a?Hamiltonian flavor,? although he does not necessarily consider himself a Hamiltonian either
The long entanglement : NATO's first fifty years by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Den lange Forpligtelse giver et historisk tilbageblik med vægt på relationerne mellem USA og de europæiske samarbejdspartnere. Hvert af bogens fire afsnit analyserer et vigtigt tema i organisationens 50-årige historie: I. Alliancens oprindelse 1948-1949. II. NATO's første generation 1950-1967. III. NATO's anden generation 1968-1989. IV. NATO's tredie generation fra 1991
NATO and the policy of containment by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

9 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture and diplomacy : the American experience by Morrell Heald( Book )

10 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NATO before the Korean War : April 1949-June 1950 by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conventional wisdom has the Korean War putting the "O" in NATO. Prior to that time, from the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949, to the North Korean invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950, the Treaty allies were just going through the motions of establishing an organization. Historian Lawrence Kaplan argues that this is a mistaken view, and he fills significant blanks in the record of 1949 and 1950, which NATO officials and analysts alike have largely ignored. When the Treaty was signed, the United States hailed the end of its isolationist tradition, as it recognized the necessity of devising new means to cope with the menace of Soviet-led Communism. It was interested in creating a new order in the Old World that would open the way to a united Europe. Toward this end, the allies crafted a transatlantic bargain. In its simplest form, the bargain involved a U.S. commitment to rebuild, economically and militarily, a Western Europe devastated by World War II. In exchange for America's abandonment of its customary abstention from Europe, the Western allies would take steps to end Europe's traditional divisions and integrate its resources on every level. The sheer magnitude of the mutual obligations received widespread attention on both sides of the Atlantic as well as within the Communist bloc. The Korean War's impact on the development of the organization marginalized the prewar history of NATO.--
The conversion of Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg : from isolation to international engagement by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work argues for the importance of Arthur H. Vandenberg's role in America's conversion to a new status in the world, placing Vandenberg's name alongside other influential figures such as George Kennan, Dean Acheson, and John Foster Dulles. Vandenberg was a public man, well aware of his importance to his community, party, and nation. As co-secretary of state, he played a major role in bringing the Republican Party into a bipartisan relationship with the Truman administration. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1947 and 1948 and as ranking Republican on that committee in 1949, Vandenberg was arguably the key factor in moving the nation from its isolationist past to an internationalist future
American historians and the Atlantic Alliance( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The McNamara ascendancy, 1961-1965 by Lawrence S Kaplan( )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The McNamara Ascendancy deals with the tenure of Robert S. McNamara and his sometimes turbulent early years of his secretaryship under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. It traces the efforts of McNamara to cut costs and centralize the Pentagon's functions and operations against the backdrop of successive international crises and in the broad context of national security decisionmaking involving the White House, State Department, NSC, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the intelligence agencies. Even as the secretary and the administration were able to put Berlin and Cuba behind them, the problem of how to defend South Vietnam from communist aggression threatened to overshadow McNamara's accomplishments and unravel his unfinished institutional agenda. The deepening commitment in Vietnam dominates the last year of the book, but not before demonstrating McNamara's seminal first four years had fundamentally transformed roles and methods and redefined relationships in the ongoing evolution of the Cold War national security establishment
NATO after forty years( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A community of interests : NATO and the military assistance program, 1948-1951 by Lawrence S Kaplan( Book )

15 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: (1) Origins of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program; (2) Military Assistance and the Beginnings of the North Atlantic Treaty; (3) The Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949; (4) Administration of the MDAP, October 1949-January 1950; (5) The NATO Symbol in Transition, January-April 1950; (6) The NATO Symbol in Transition, April-June 1950; (7) Impact of the Korean War on NATO, June-September 1950; (8) From New York to Brussels, September-December 1950; (9) Toward Lisbon; and (10) The Military Assistance Program and NATO
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The long entanglement : NATO's first fifty years
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NATO divided, NATO united : the evolution of an allianceNATO and the United States : the enduring allianceJefferson and France; an essay on politics and political ideasNATO 1948 : the birth of the transatlantic AllianceThe romance of history : essays in honor of Lawrence S. KaplanAlexander Hamilton : ambivalent AnglophileThe long entanglement : NATO's first fifty yearsCulture and diplomacy : the American experience