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Author: Bernhard Blumenau; Jussi M Hanhimäki; Barbara Zanchetta; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland); Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l'histoire du temps présent. Conference Great Transformation?
Publisher: London : Routldege, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. ©2018
Series: Cold War history series (London, England)
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"This collection of essays makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the end of the Cold War. Research on the causes and consequences of the end of the Cold War is constantly growing. Initially, it was dominated by fairly simplistic, and often politically motivated, debates revolving around the role played by major "winners" and "losers". This volume addresses a number of diverse issues and seeks to  Read more...
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New perspectives on the end of the Cold War.
London : Routldege, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
(OCoLC)1007078153
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernhard Blumenau; Jussi M Hanhimäki; Barbara Zanchetta; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland); Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l'histoire du temps présent. Conference Great Transformation?
ISBN: 9781351744904 1351744909 9781315189031 1315189038 9781351744911 1351744917 9781351744898 1351744895
OCLC Number: 1030027021
Description: 1 online resource (213 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of contributors; Introduction: Unexpected transformations?; Notes; 1. Threat or opportunity? Kissinger, Brzezinski, and the demise of the Soviet Union; Introduction; Outsiders; Oracles; The pause of 1989; â#x80;#x9C;Dangle something in front of Gorbachevâ#x80;#x9D;; Into the post-communist era; Notes; 2. The Nuclear and Space Arms Talks, George Shultz, and the end of the Cold War; Introduction; The Nuclear and Space Arms Talks, 1985â#x80;#x93;1991; (Re)assessment #1: The nuclear balance was not stable in the 1980s (Re)assessment #2: The bilateral format of NST benefitted all parties affected(Re)assessment #3: SDI (and SALT) contributed to nuclear arms reductions; Conclusion: Delinkage and arms reductions; Notes; 3. Nuclear weapons, â#x80;#x9C;nuclear ideasâ#x80;#x9D;, and protests: Did they matter?; Introduction; â#x80;#x9C;Better active today, than radioactive tomorrowâ#x80;#x9D;: Opposition to nuclear energy and weapons in the 1970s; â#x80;#x9C;And [â#x80;¦] on some unlucky morningâ#x80;#x9D;: The rise of the â#x80;#x9C;window of vulnerabilityâ#x80;#x9D; myth; Epilogue: Protests, nuclear weapons, and nuclear diplomacy; Notes 4. Eduard Shevardnadze, Anatoly Chernyaev, and German reunification: The role of secondary political actors in ending the Cold WarIntroduction; Until the fall of the Berlin Wall; Consent with German reunification; Consent with freedom to choose an alliance; Conclusions; Notes; 5. German foreign policy and the â#x80;#x9C;German Problemâ#x80;#x9D; during and after the Cold War: Changes and continuities; Introduction; The â#x80;#x9C;German Problemâ#x80;#x9D; and the origins of the European post-war division; The German Problem and the German Question in the Cold War; The end of the Cold War, the German Problem, and unification Post-Cold War German foreign policy: Continuity, ruptures, and â#x80;#x9C;normalizationâ#x80;#x9D;The new â#x80;#x9C;German Problemâ#x80;#x9D; â#x80;#x93; the lack of action and reluctant leadership; Conclusion: The â#x80;#x9C;German Problemâ#x80;#x9D; today â#x88;#x92; a problem for Germany or a problem for Europe?; Notes; 6. Freer movement in return for cash: Franz Josef Strauβ, Alexander Schalckâ#x80;#x93;Golodkowski, and the Milliardenkredit for the GDR, 1983â#x80;#x93;1984; Introduction; Helmut Schmidtâ#x80;#x99;s Ostpolitik â#x80;#x93; The precursor for the Milliardenkredit; The Milliardenkredit â#x80;#x93; freer movement in return for cash StrauÃ#x9F; and Schalck â#x80;#x93; the backchannel negotiatorsConfidence-building in the backchannel; Deutschlandpolitik â#x80;#x93; sustainability and process orientation; The limits of Deutschlandpolitik; Conclusions; Notes; 7. The opening of the Austrianâ#x80;#x93;Hungarian border revisited: How European détente contributed to overcoming the â#x80;#x9C;Iron Curtainâ#x80;#x9D;; Introduction: Why our understanding of 1989 is still imperfect; Making Central European détente and reshaping the border; Making the border more permeable; A new history of the â#x80;#x9C;world-passportâ#x80;#x9D; and its effects European détente and the end of the Cold War: The Austrianâ#x80;#x93;Germanâ#x80;#x93;Hungarian context
Series Title: Cold War history series (London, England)
Responsibility: edited by Bernhard Blumenau, Jussi M. Hanhimäki and Barbara Zanchetta.

Abstract:

"This collection of essays makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the end of the Cold War. Research on the causes and consequences of the end of the Cold War is constantly growing. Initially, it was dominated by fairly simplistic, and often politically motivated, debates revolving around the role played by major "winners" and "losers". This volume addresses a number of diverse issues and seeks to challenge several "common wisdoms" about the end of the Cold War. Together, the contributions provide insights on the role of personalities as well as the impact of transnational movements and forces on the unexpected political transformations of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Geographically, the chapters largely focus on the United States, Europe, with special emphasis on Germany, and the Soviet Union. The individual chapters are drawn together by the overarching theme relating to a particular "common wisdom": were the transformations that occurred truly "unexpected"? This collection of essays will make an important contribution to the growing literature on the developments that produced the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. This volume will be of much interest to students of Cold War Studies, International History, European Politics and International Relations in general."--Provided by publisher.

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