The Foreign Policy of the GDR in Africa

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This book presents the first comprehensive account of the foreign policy of East Germany in Africa from the early 1950s to the present day. The author challenges the conventional notion that the GDR's role in Africa is solely that of a proxy for the USSR. Instead, as he convincingly argues, East German foreign policy in general and in Africa in particular, should be understood as a strategy both in pursuit of affiliation with the USSR and in search of international recognition ...

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Overview

This book presents the first comprehensive account of the foreign policy of East Germany in Africa from the early 1950s to the present day. The author challenges the conventional notion that the GDR's role in Africa is solely that of a proxy for the USSR. Instead, as he convincingly argues, East German foreign policy in general and in Africa in particular, should be understood as a strategy both in pursuit of affiliation with the USSR and in search of international recognition and legitimacy.

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"This is likely to remain the authoritative study of its subject...." Franz Ansprenger, International Journal of African Historical Studies

"For all those interested in a meticulous recounting of the GDR's formal political, military, and economic relations with Africa, however, this book will serve as a rich data base." Canadian Journal of African Studies

"It is an exceptionally well written, lucidly argued work with meticulous documentation, and it deserves a wide audience among both Africanists and students of international politics." Richard Dale, Conflict Quarterly

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Table of Contents

List of tables; Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The development of GDR relations with Africa in the pre-recognition period; 3. The GDR in Africa in the 1970s; 4. East German military/security involvement in Africa; 5. East German economic relations with Africa; 6. The GDR in Africa in the 1980s; 7. Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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