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Drawing the Line : The American Decision to Divide Germany, 1944-1949 - Carolyn Woods Eisenberg

Drawing the Line

The American Decision to Divide Germany, 1944-1949

Paperback Published: 24th August 1998
ISBN: 9780521627177
Number Of Pages: 540

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In this fresh and challenging study of the origins of the Cold War, Professor Eisenberg traces the American role in dividing post-war Germany. Drawing upon many original documentary sources, she examines the Allied meeting on the Elbe, follows the Great Powers through their confrontation in Berlin, and culminates with the creation of the West German state in the fall of 1949. In contrast to many works in the field, the book argues that the partition of Germany was fundamentally an American decision. US policy-makers chose partition, mobilized reluctant West Europeans behind that approach, and, by excluding the Soviets from West Germany, contributed to the isolation of East Germany and the emergence of the post-World War II US-Soviet rivalry. The volume casts new light on the Berlin blockade, demonstrating that the United States rejected United Nations mediation and relied on its nuclear monopoly as the means of protecting its German agenda.

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'The work by Carolyn Eisenberg is an important contribution to the 'revisionist history' that mant claim has been discredited by the demise of the USSR ... The analysis is very well documented, partly by means of archival material ... serves as a valuable corrective to the triumphalist 'post-revisionist' historiography.' NOD and Conversion

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Private Polowsky's Oathp. 1
Plansp. 14
Making Peacep. 71
The Limits of Reform: The U.S. Zonep. 121
A Fragile Friendshipp. 166
The Russian Challengep. 200
Bizonal Beginningsp. 233
The Doctors Deliberatep. 277
Marshall's Medicinep. 318
A Separate Statep. 363
Cold War Germanyp. 411
Winningp. 460
Conclusion: The American Decision to Divide Germanyp. 485
Bibliographyp. 494
Indexp. 513
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ISBN: 9780521627177
ISBN-10: 0521627176
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 540
Published: 24th August 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.09  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.72