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The Resource From Yalta to Berlin : the Cold War struggle over Germany, W.R. Smyser

From Yalta to Berlin : the Cold War struggle over Germany, W.R. Smyser

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From Yalta to Berlin : the Cold War struggle over Germany
Title
From Yalta to Berlin
Title remainder
the Cold War struggle over Germany
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W.R. Smyser
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eng
Review
  • Smyser (The German Economy) sees Germany as the vortex of the Cold War, the most important consideration not only in European politics but in international relations generally for the last 45 years. Even seemingly remote issues such as the Cuban missile crisis are discussed in terms of the German question. Smyser spent many years working on German affairs in the State and Defense departments and has written extensively on the topic. This new title is based on both his workexperience and his research in newly opened archives in the former East Germanyand the former Soviet Union. He has reconstructed in meticulous detail the negotiations and posturings of the involved powers, attributing more mistakes to theSoviet Union than to the West. He ends with the reunification of Germany, on the optimistic note that the Germany of the 1990s is stronger and better positioned than at any time since Bismarck. Specialists will welcome this thorough and detailed analysis.AMarcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New YorkCopyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • Smyser (The German Economy, not reviewed) shows eloquently how much the history of the world was shaped by the Cold War struggle over Germany. Much of this story will be familiar, but much will be new, even to close analysts of the period. The Berlin Airlift to defeat the Russian blockade of Berlin in 1948 has been seen, quite rightly, as one of the triumphs of Western policy. But Truman's decision to assign further aircraft to ensure its success came over the opposition of both the State Department and the Department of Defense. The early suspicions of West Germany by the US, Britain, and France have also been well documented, but they were matched by the Soviet suspicion of East Germany and of its leader, Walter Ulbricht. Historians have noted the ineptitude of Soviet foreign minister Molotov's diplomacy and its role in creating NATO, but Soviet president Andrey Gromyko was equally inept in rejecting various early initiatives by President Kennedy that would have seriously undercut the Western position in Germany. It was a beginning, writes Smyser, "more like Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler in 1938 than like the spirit of King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot." Kennedy's famous speech in West Berlin was initially a cautious one, and was rewritten by him on the way from the airport and under the influence of the tumultuous crowds that had turned out to cheer him. Perhaps the greatest revelation is the role played by Yuri Andropov, then head of the KGB, in encouraging Willi Brandt's Ostpolitik, which included giving Helmut Schmidt, Brandt's successor as chancellor, advance knowledge of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Equally interesting is the role played by retired East German spymaster Marcus Wolf in telling the Soviets just how badly in debt the East Germans actually were. Smyser's account clearly substantiates Brandt's conviction that dÇtente would help erode the Soviet empire. A thoughtful, cogent, and incisive account of a critical period. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 1999)
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Smyser, W. R.
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  • Cold War
  • German reunification question (1949-1990)
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
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the Cold War struggle over Germany
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From Yalta to Berlin : the Cold War struggle over Germany, W.R. Smyser
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [419]-456) and index
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354732
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25 cm
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First edition.
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xix, 465 pages
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9780312066055
Lccn
98055304
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  • (Sirsi) i9780312066055
  • (Sirsi) ABU-5696
Label
From Yalta to Berlin : the Cold War struggle over Germany, W.R. Smyser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [419]-456) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
354732
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 465 pages
Isbn
9780312066055
Lccn
98055304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312066055
  • (Sirsi) ABU-5696

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