Europe’s brutal military history underlines America’s NATO exceptionalism

Europe’s brutal military history underlines America’s NATO exceptionalism


The history of modern Europe is heavily defined by often brutal war. America, via the NATO alliance, was able to turn the tide of war to the benefit of hundreds of millions of people. Since the birth of NATO in 1949, the peoples of Europe have enjoyed a peace and prosperity unprecedented in the history of the continent. There are few better examples of American exceptionalism.

History tells the tale.

The major nation-states of the continent, Great Britain, France, and Germany, were created by conflict between powerful land owners and hereditary rulers. In 1485, modern England came into existence with the victory of Henry VII over Richard of York at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Henry became king, establishing dominance over the other feudal lords for the

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