Rethinking Transatlanticism: Toward a New Transatlantic Narrative
Not quite 70 years ago, Europe and North America emerged from the nightmare of World War II to meet a very unclear common future. Common, because the two regions lived it out together. Europe received massive assistance for reconstruction through the Marshall Plan. The United States knew that its best assurance of long-term peace involved the immediate rehabilitation of its European counterparts — ally and enemy alike. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed as many cities still lay in ruins. Historians articulate the period’s "narrative" as one of collective economic, political, and military burden-sharing. The specter of communism drove Europe and North America together. For people on both sides of the Atlantic, the post-war era became a struggle to establish peace and reshape a new transatlantic neighborhood. The stakes were nothing short of existential.