In Europe's Name: Ostpolitik, Germany and the European Question

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How a divided Germany achieved reunification in 1990 is a story fraught with ironies and paradoxes in Ash's searching, magisterial study. West German policymakers, argues this distinguished British historian, built up a reserve of trust and good will by acceding peacefully to the ``golden handcuffs'' slapped on by the Western alliance, limiting Germany's sovereignty and curtailing its military power. Ash ( The Uses of Adversity ) investigates Bonn's precarious balancing act between NATO and the Soviet Union, as West German leaders convinced Moscow that it was the U.S.S.R's most promising economic partner. Meanwhile, suggests Ash, West Germany's failure to protest Communist East Germany's diehard policy of stabilization without reform inadvertently led East Germany to ruin. His study draws on memoirs, interviews with key players and on the declassified files of East Germany's secret police and Communist Party. Author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This well-documented and detailed account of German reunification spans the period from Yalta right up to 1990 when the Berlin Wall crumbled and East Germans poured through the crack to the West. Ash, author of numerous books on Central Europe, uses mostly German source documents, many of which became available only recently with the collapse of East Germany. The centerpiece of his book is the history of ``ostpolitik'' and how it fit into West German foreign policy goals, especially toward the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Ostpolitik is also analyzed as a strictly German response to the so-called German question. West Germany's relations with the United States take a back seat to Bonn's relations with the Soviet Union, East Germany, and Europe as a whole. A scholarly book that will also be of interest to the informed lay person, this is a superb choice for all academic libraries and larger public libraries.-- Stephen Green, Auraria Lib., Denver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394557113
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/16/1993
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Pages: 680

Table of Contents

Prologue: European Question 1
I German Answers 14
II Ostpolitik 28
III Bonn-Moscow-Berlin 48
IV Germany and Germany 126
V Beyond the Oder 216
VI A Second Ostpolitik 312
VII German Unification 343
VIII Findings 357
Abbreviations 411
Unpublished sources 415
Short titles 417
Notes 428
Chronology 612
Maps 642
Tables and Graphs 649
Acknowledgements 662
Index 665
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