Postwar Ameri19 - PostwarAmerica U.S.dominatesglobalaffairs

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Postwar America U.S.    dominates global affairs American leaders feared that losing Berlin would be a prelude to losing Germany and  subsequently all of Europe. Therefore, in a successful demonstration of Western resolve  known as the Berlin Airlift, Allied air forces took to the sky, flying supplies into Berlin.  U.S., French, and British planes delivered nearly 2,250,000 tons of goods, including  food and coal. Stalin lifted the blockade after 231 days and 277,264 flights. By then, Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and especially the Czech coup, had  alarmed the Western Europeans.  The result, initiated by the Europeans, was a military  alliance to complement economic efforts at containment. The Norwegian historian Geir  Lundestad has called it “empire by invitation.”  In 1949 the United States and 11 other  countries established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  An attack against 
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