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From Ostpolitik to Reunification : West German-Soviet Political Relations since 1974 - Avril Pittman

From Ostpolitik to Reunification

West German-Soviet Political Relations since 1974

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1992
ISBN: 9780521401661
Number Of Pages: 248

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With the signing of the Moscow Treaty in 1970, West German-Soviet relations came to the forefront of world politics. Two decades later, the historic opening of the Berlin Wall and German reunification once again focused world attention on the Federal Republic's relations with the USSR. This book explores the development of this relationship from the perspective of West Germany. Dr Avril Pittman outlines the main events after the Second World War and then focuses on four issues central to this relationship in the 1970s and early 1980s. She explores family reunification and emigration rights for ethnic Germans living in the Soviet Union; the central role of Berlin and the reasons why the city persisted as a serious bilateral problem; the triangular relations between West Germany, the Soviet Union and East Germany; and the significance of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan which led to a sharp deterioration in East-West relations.

"This book should interest specialists and students of German and Soviet foreign policy as well as students of international relations." Ieuan G. John, Times Higher Education Supplement "The book's major strength is the empirical discussion of Schmidt's Ostpolitik and its four central concerns: the situation of ethnic Germans, the status of Berlin, West Germany's relationship with East Germany and the twin impact of the decision to deploy American intermediate-range weapons in Germany and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on FRG-Soviet ties." Angela Stent, Slavic Review

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The Second World War and its aftermath, 1945-1974
Ethnic Germans
The Federal Republic of Germany's relations with the German Democratic Republic
INF, Afghanistan and the post-Afghanistan period
Assessment of the Federal Republic of Germany's relations with the Soviet Union, 1974-1982
The Federal Republic of Germany's political relations with the Soviet Union after 1982
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ISBN: 9780521401661
ISBN-10: 0521401666
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 31st July 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54