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1989 : the struggle to create post-Cold War Europe

Author: M E Sarotte
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2009.
Series: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
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There are unique periods in history when a single year witnesses the total transformation of international relations. The year 1989 was one such crucial watershed. This book uses previously unavailable sources to explore the momentous events following the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago and the effects they have had on our world ever since. Based on documents, interviews, and television broadcasts from many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M E Sarotte
ISBN: 9780691143064 0691143064 9780691152417 0691152411
OCLC Number: 318874377
Awards: Winner, Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize 2010, Award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations; Co-winner, 2010 Marshall Shulman Book Prize, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Winner, 2009 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies, awarded by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
Description: xvi, 321 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Creating post-Cold War Europe : 1989 and the architecture of order --
Chapter 1. What changes in Summer and Autumn 1989? --
Tiananmen fails to transfer --
The Americans step back --
The status quo ceases to convince --
East German self-confidence rises --
Television transforms reality --
Chapter 2. Restoring four-power rights, reviving a confederation in 1989 --
On the night of November 9 --
What next? --
The four (occupying?) powers --
Candy, fruit, and sex --
The Portugalov push --
Specters revive --
The restoration and revival models fall apart --
Chapter 3. Heroic aspirations in 1990 --
The fournd table --
Counterrevolution? --
The consequences of the brush with a stage of terror --
Emerging controversy over reparations and NATO --
"NATO's jurisdiction would not shift one inch eastward" --
Property pluralism --
Chapter 4. Prefab prevails --
The security solutions : two plus four equals NATO --
The political solution : article 23 --
The economic solution : monetary union --
The election campaign and the ways of the ward heeler --
The results of March 18 --
Reassuring European neighbors --
Chapter 5. Securing building permits --
The first carrot : money --
The Washington summit --
The second carrot : NATO reform --
Breakthrough in Russia --
Pay any price --
Conclusion: the legacy of 1989 and 1990 --
Counterfactuals --
Consequences.
Series Title: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Responsibility: Mary Elise Sarotte.

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