In the early years of the Atlantic Alliance, no bilateral relationship was more important than that between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States. Even so, the West German-American alliance was taxing for both sides during much of the first two decades of the Cold War. Ultimately, despite frequent, significant challenges to the alliance from without and within, the two allies managed to achieve a positive and productive relationship - Eisenhower and Adenauer explains how they did so. In both capitals, the top foreign policy makers were deeply involved in the conduct of what they viewed as a vital bilateral alliance, with both President Dwight Eisenhower and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer taking the lead in his own government. For the Americans, a rearmed FRG tightly bound to the West was the bedrock of any European security policy that could contain the Soviet Union for the long-term. For the West German government, their relationship with the United States was the bedrock of rehabilitation and, indeed, survival as an independent country. In this book, their alliance is closely analyzed to form new knowledge on the West German-American relationship during the Cold War.
About the Author
Steven J. Brady teaches history at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a faculty fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Issues, Events, and Personalities Chapter 2. "Confined to the Smallest Number of Powers": The Peace Offensive after Stalin Chapter 3. "There Is No Other Foreign Policy": The Road to Berlin Chapter 4. "The Year Things Began to Get Unstuck": 1955 Chapter 5. "The Key to World Dominance": Western Unity and the Foreign Policy Initiative, 1956 Chapter 6. Toward Berlin and the Status Quo: 1957–1958 Chapter 7. "The Strongest Weapon is Unity": Berlin, 1958–1960