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Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War
     

Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War

by Daniel F. Harrington
 

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ISBN-10: 081313613X

ISBN-13: 9780813136134

Pub. Date: 05/15/2012

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

The Berlin blockade brought former allies to the brink of war. Britain, France, the United States and the Soviet Union defeated and began their occupation of Germany in 1945, and within a few years, the Soviets and their Western partners were jockeying for control of their former foe. Attempting to thwart the Allied powers' plans to create a unified West German

Overview

The Berlin blockade brought former allies to the brink of war. Britain, France, the United States and the Soviet Union defeated and began their occupation of Germany in 1945, and within a few years, the Soviets and their Western partners were jockeying for control of their former foe. Attempting to thwart the Allied powers' plans to create a unified West German government, the Soviets blocked rail and road access to the western sectors of Berlin in June 1948. With no other means of delivering food and supplies to the German people under their protection, the Allies organized the Berlin airlift.

In Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Cold War, Daniel F. Harrington examines the "Berlin question" from its origin in wartime plans for the occupation of Germany through the Paris Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in 1949. Harrington draws on previously untapped archival sources to challenge standard accounts of the postwar division of Germany, the origins of the blockade, the original purpose of the airlift, and the leadership of President Harry S. Truman. While thoroughly examining four-power diplomacy, Harrington demonstrates how the ingenuity and hard work of the people at the bottom — pilots, mechanics, and Berliners — were more vital to the airlift's success than decisions from the top. Harrington also explores the effects of the crisis on the 1948 presidential election and on debates about the custody and use of atomic weapons. Berlin on the Brink is a fresh, comprehensive analysis that reshapes our understanding of a critical event of cold war history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813136134
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Occupied Berlin viii

Map of Germany during the Berlin blockade ix

Introduction 1

1 Opportunity 7

2 Willingness 27

3 "The Danger Point Is Berlin" 47

4 Prudence and Resolve 77

5 "Doomed to Failure" 99

6 "The Next Step" 119

7 The Moscow Discussions 141

8 The September Crisis 165

9 A Necessary Failure 185

10 "Lieber Pomm als 'Frau Komm!'" 213

11 An Unexpected Success 237

12 Dealing Sensibly with Established Fact 261

Conclusions 293

Acknowledgments 305

Abbreviations 309

Notes 313

Bibliography 383

Index 405

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