Germany's Cold War: The Global Campaign to Isolate East Germany, 1949-1969 (The New Cold War History)

Germany's Cold War: The Global Campaign to Isolate East Germany, 1949-1969 (The New Cold War History)

William Glenn Gray


utilizing newly to be had fabric from either side of the Iron Curtain, William Glenn grey explores West Germany's efforts to avoid overseas recognition of East Germany as a valid nation following international warfare II.

Unwilling to simply accept the department in their nation, West German leaders appeared the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as an illegitimate upstart--a puppet of the occupying Soviet forces. including France, Britain, and the U.S., West Germany utilized political and fiscal strain around the world to make sure that the GDR stay unrecognized through all international locations outdoors the communist camp. Proclamations of ideological cohesion and narrowly designated bursts of reduction gave the GDR short-term leverage in such different nations as Egypt, Iraq, Ghana, and Indonesia; but West Germany's intimidation strategies, coupled with its enormously enhanced monetary assets, blocked any decisive East German step forward.

Gray argues that Bonn's isolation crusade used to be dropped no longer for wish of luck, yet because of adjustments in West German priorities because the fight opposed to East Germany got here to bog down efforts at reconciliation with Israel, Poland, and Yugoslavia--all nations of targeted relevance to Germany's contemporary previous. curiosity in a morally grounded international relations, including the becoming conviction that the GDR may now not be overlooked, resulted in the abandonment of Bonn's powerful yet superseded efforts to prevent all over the world attractiveness of the East German regime.

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