Atlanticity, Bargains, and Sea Dragons: NATO, Wales, and the Military Geographies of the Cold War

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Abstract

This article is concerned with the ‘Atlanticity’ of NATO. It offers Wales as a case study whereby both its coastline and surrounding sea lanes have connected with that of the wider North Atlantic region as a direct consequence of its distinct Cold War experience. The notion of ‘Atlanticity’ as a geographical reality and conceptual device explored, and applied to both NATO and United States Naval Facility, Brawdy (Pembrokeshire, west Wales). The article conducts an analysis of what is meant by the ‘Transatlantic bridge’, the transference and detection of sound amid the waters of the Atlantic. The article concludes that whilst NATO is currently thought to be, by some, as a somewhat redundant post-Cold War organisational entity, that instead it is a vital component of the world order in the age of Trump. Rather than just being tangentially defined by its relationship to the North Atlantic, NATO is ‘Atlanticity’ itself.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Historical Geography
Publication statusSubmitted - 2018

Keywords

  • Atlanticity
  • Cold War
  • Military Geography, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
  • Wales

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