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The Forty Years’ Peace

Keith Kyle, 21 October 1993

The United States and the End of the Cold War: Implications, Reconsiderations and Provocations 
by John Lewis Gaddis.
Oxford, 301 pp., £19.50, July 1992, 0 19 505201 3
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Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, 1953-71 
by Douglas Brinkley.
Yale, 429 pp., £22, February 1993, 0 300 04773 8
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The Quest for Stability: Problems of West European Security 1918-1957 
edited by Rolf Ahmann, A.M. Birke and Michael Howard.
Oxford, 546 pp., £50, June 1993, 0 19 920503 5
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... decided that 110 divisions, 77 of them in reserve, would be needed to defeat an advancing Red Army. The problem was to work out how they were going to progress to that figure from their present ten divisions and a virtual absence of reserves. The answer was that, as when crossing the Pont d’Avignon, it was possible to progress but not to arrive. The ...

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