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Uprising in East Germany 1953 : the Cold War, the German question, and the first major upheaval behind the Iron Curtain

Author: Christian F Ostermann; Malcolm Byrne
Publisher: Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2001.
Series: National Security Archive Cold War readers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The volume is the first documented account of this early Cold War crisis from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Based on the recent unprecedented access to the once-closed archives of several member states of the Warsaw Pact, this collection of primary-source documents presents one of the most notorious events of post-war European history. Previously unreleased Kremlin records, once highly classified American
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian F Ostermann; Malcolm Byrne
ISBN: 9639241172 9789639241176 9639241571 9789639241572
OCLC Number: 47716495
Description: xxxvii, 451 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface / Charles S. Maier --
The Origins of the Crisis --
Soviet and East German Minutes of Conversations between Josef Stalin and SED Leaders in the GDR, 1 April and 7 April 1952 --
CPSU CC Resolution Approving the Deployment of Border Guards along the Eastern Border of the GDR, 2 January 1953 --
Memorandum of Discussion at the 136th Meeting of the National Security Council, 11 March 1953 --
Draft Instructions for General Vasilii Chuikov and Vladimir Semyonov Regarding GDR Control of Borders, 18 March 1953 --
Memorandum by Ivan Tugarinov, "On the Western Powers' Policy Regarding the German Question," 18 April 1953 --
Memorandum on the German Question, from Georgii Pushkin and Mikhail Gribanov to Vyacheslav Molotov, 18 April 1953 --
Soviet Foreign Ministry Memorandum, "Regarding Further Measures of the Soviet Government on the German Question," 28 April 1953 --
Cable from N. Spencer Barnes to U.S. Department of State Reviewing Developments in the GDR since Stalin's Death, 30 April 1953 --
Memorandum from Vladimir Semyonov to Vyacheslav Molotov Evaluating the Prospects for a Successful Resolution of the German Question, 2 May 1953 --
Report on 4 May Disturbances at the Tobacco Depot in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 7 May 1953 --
USSR Foreign Ministry Draft Memorandum, "On Further Soviet Government Measures Pertaining to the German Question," 8 May 1953 --
Memorandum from the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs to Vladimir Semyonov, "On the Question of Preventing the Defection of Inhabitants from the GDR to West Germany," 16 May 1953.
Series Title: National Security Archive Cold War readers.
Responsibility: compiled, edited and introduced by Christian F. Ostermann ; editorial coordination by Malcolm Byrne ; [produced in collaboration with the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars].
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