The Atlantic Century: Four Generations of Extraordinary Diplomats who Forged America's Vital Alliance with Europe

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The Atlantic Century is the first major historical study to re-examine the American-European partnership with an emphasis on the personalities behind the policy. Our strong system of European alliances built during the last century did not happen serendipitously. It was carefully constructed and cemented by a network of diplomats and politicians, who imagined, built, and sustained a new international system. In their vision, America and Europe were part of a single cooperative transatlantic community not rivals or one another's periodic savior, as they had been during two world wars.

Historian Kenneth Weisbrode reveals for the first time, warts and all the insider's story of such well-known figures as Dean Acheson, W. Averell Harriman, and Henry Kissinger. It is the story of how and why the State Department's Bureau of European Affairs (EUR) the mother bureau” as it was called, the nerve center of the Atlanticists rose to become the U.S. government's preeminent foreign policy office.

In today's fractious world, The Atlantic Century is both timely and telling.

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Kenneth Weisbrode is the Vincent Wright Fellow in History at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, as well as the founder and managing editor of the journal New Global Studies. He lives in Florence, Italy.

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“Weisbrode’s careful research and serviceable prose add light and dimension to a uniquely Eurocentric moment in American diplomatic history.” --Kirkus

“A model for institutional history...fascinating reading.” --Ernest R. May, former Charles Warren Professor of History, Harvard University

The Atlantic Century sheds fascinating light on the role of a key institution in the formulation of American foreign policy in the twentieth century. From World War I to the Cold War, the Bureau of European Affairs played a crucial part in bridging the Atlantic, sometimes leaning against the inclinations of the presidents and secretaries it supposedly served, always ensuring that Europe remained central to American grand strategy. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, Weisbrode’s book not only rescues four generations of diplomats from the condescension of posterity; it also delineates the crucial role of the State Department bureaucracy in shaping American foreign policy.” --Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money

The Atlantic Century reminds us how important the transatlantic relationship was during the twentieth century and of all the hard work that went into it on the part of many devoted public servants. This book also contains important lessons about diplomacy that remain highly relevant today.” --Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor to presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush

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