Germany S Cold War

Author by : William Glenn Gray
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Description : Gray examines West Germany's efforts to deny international acceptance of East Germany as a legitimate state following World War II, in the process telling an important story of the reassertion of Germany as an important power after the disaster of the war.


Reconstruction And Cold War In Germany

Author by : Armin Grünbacher
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Description : The story of the reconstruction of Germany, from a defeated and ruined fascist power to a democratic and economically dominant member of the European community, is one of the great stories of the twentieth century. This book explores one of the key institutions that helped generate this German recovery and shape its political landscape, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, known in English as the Reconstruction Loan Corporation (RLC).Established in 1948, ostensibly to provide investment for German industry and help kick-start the economy, the work of the RLC was from the very beginning highly politicized and its role in German reconstruction went much further than simply providing funds for capital investment. Through its relationship with the USA and the Marshall Plan, the RLC played a significant role in the development of the Federal Republic of Germany and shaping relations with other countries, including those of Eastern Europe. As such, the RLC soon became an important instrument in the struggle for balance between US influence on the German economy and Germany's drive to establish itself as an independent and equal partner within the western camp.


Uprising In East Germany 1953

Author by : Christian F. Ostermann
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Publisher by : Central European University Press
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Description : "A detailed introductory essay to provide the necessary historical and political context precedes each part. The individual documents are introduced by short headnotes summarizing the contents and orienting the reader. A chronology, glossary and bibliography offer further background information."--BOOK JACKET.


West Germany Cold War Europe And The Algerian War

Author by : Mathilde Von Bulow
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Description : Examining the clandestine and subversive activities of Algerian nationalists in West Germany and Europe, Mathilde Von Bulow sheds new light on the extent to which FLN activities and French counter-measures impacted the conflict in Algeria and the politics of the global Cold War.


The Weimar Century

Author by : Udi Greenberg
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Description : How ideas, individuals, and political traditions from Weimar Germany molded the global postwar order The Weimar Century reveals the origins of two dramatic events: Germany's post–World War II transformation from a racist dictatorship to a liberal democracy, and the ideological genesis of the Cold War. Blending intellectual, political, and international histories, Udi Greenberg shows that the foundations of Germany’s reconstruction lay in the country’s first democratic experiment, the Weimar Republic (1918–33). He traces the paths of five crucial German émigrés who participated in Weimar’s intense political debates, spent the Nazi era in the United States, and then rebuilt Europe after a devastating war. Examining the unexpected stories of these diverse individuals—Protestant political thinker Carl J. Friedrich, Socialist theorist Ernst Fraenkel, Catholic publicist Waldemar Gurian, liberal lawyer Karl Loewenstein, and international relations theorist Hans Morgenthau—Greenberg uncovers the intellectual and political forces that forged Germany’s democracy after dictatorship, war, and occupation. In restructuring German thought and politics, these émigrés also shaped the currents of the early Cold War. Having borne witness to Weimar’s political clashes and violent upheavals, they called on democratic regimes to permanently mobilize their citizens and resources in global struggle against their Communist enemies. In the process, they gained entry to the highest levels of American power, serving as top-level advisors to American occupation authorities in Germany and Korea, consultants for the State Department in Latin America, and leaders in universities and philanthropic foundations across Europe and the United States. Their ideas became integral to American global hegemony. From interwar Germany to the dawn of the American century, The Weimar Century sheds light on the crucial ideas, individuals, and politics that made the trans-Atlantic postwar order.


Divided But Not Disconnected

Author by : Tobias Hochscherf
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Description : The Allied agreement after the Second World War did not only partition Germany, it divided the nation along the fault-lines of a new bipolar world order. This inner border made Germany a unique place to experience the Cold War, and the “German question” in this post-1945 variant remained inextricably entwined with the vicissitudes of the Cold War until its end. This volume explores how social and cultural practices in both German states between 1949 and 1989 were shaped by the existence of this inner border, putting them on opposing sides of the ideological divide between the Western and Eastern blocs, as well as stabilizing relations between them. This volume’s interdisciplinary approach addresses important intersections between history, politics, and culture, offering an important new appraisal of the German experiences of the Cold War.


Germany And The Cold War

Author by : Charles River Charles River Editors
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Description : *Includes pictures *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an 'Iron Curtain' has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central Europe and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow." - Winston Churchill, 1946 In the wake of World War II, the European continent was devastated, and the conflict left the Soviet Union and the United States as uncontested superpowers. This ushered in over 45 years of the Cold War, and a political alignment of Western democracies against the Communist Soviet bloc that produced conflicts pitting allies on each sides fighting, even as the American and Soviet militaries never engaged each other. Though it never got "hot," the Cold War was a tense era until the dissolution of the USSR, and nothing symbolized the split more than the Berlin Wall, which literally divided the city. Berlin had been a flashpoint even before World War II ended, and the city was occupied by the different Allies even as the close of the war turned them into adversaries. After the Soviets' blockade of West Berlin was prevented by the Berlin Airlift, the Eastern Bloc and the Western powers continued to control different sections of the city, and by the 1960s, East Germany was pushing for a solution to the problem of an enclave of freedom within its borders. West Berlin was a haven for highly-educated East Germans who wanted freedom and a better life in the West, and this "brain drain" was threatening the survival of the East German economy. The history of East Germany was a remarkable one, from its chaotic origins through its ossification as a Stalinist regime, until the country collapsed along with the Berlin Wall. Conversely, West Germany became one of the most stable and prosperous states in Europe during the Cold War. In many ways, the legacy of the split is still around today. The West Germans honestly confronted its brutal past and competently absorbed the far poorer Soviet satellite East Germany upon the reunification of Germany in 1990. This, of course, was not at all certain or obvious when the Allies beat back the Nazis at the end of the war in 1945, but far from making the same mistakes the Allied Powers made after World War I, the Allies opted to mold West Germany as a liberal, democratic state that would achieve prosperity and renounce war. With that said, Germany is still marked by the division, and in some respects, the old frontier still represents different expectations, social conditions, and worldviews. Germany and the Cold War: The History and Legacy of the Divide between East Germany and West Germany examines how the country was split, and how both countries marked the epicenter of the Cold War in the wake of World War II. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Germany during the Cold War like never before.


Power And Influence After The Cold War

Author by : Ann L. Phillips
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Description : Challenging conventional wisdom about German dominance in the new Europe, this study presents a new approach to the question of power and influence after the Cold War. Ann L. Phillips's analysis of German relations with East-Central Europe convincingly demonstrates how the interplay of domestic and international politics has rewritten the terms of power and influence in the region. The author develops two new cases—the politics of reconciliation and the activities of German party-affiliated foundations—to explore the international-domestic connection and contribute new empirical evidence to the debate over German hegemony.


American Military Communities In West Germany

Author by : John W. Lemza
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Description : On April 28, 1946, a small group of American wives and children arrived at the port of Bremerhaven, West Germany, the first of thousands of military family members to make the trans-Atlantic journey. They were the basis of a network of military communities--"Little Americas"--that would spread across the postwar German landscape. During a 45-year period which included some of the Cold War's tensest moments, their presence confirmed America's resolve to maintain Western democracy in the face of the Soviet threat. Drawing on archival sources and personal narratives, this book explores these enclaves of Americanism, from the U.S. government's perspective to the grassroots view of those who made their homes in Cold War Europe. These families faced many challenges in balancing their military missions with their daily lives during a period of dynamic global change. The author describes interaction in American communities that were sometimes separated, sometimes connected with their German neighbors.


Consuming Germany In The Cold War

Author by : David F. Crew
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Description : Sitting in the ruins of the Third Reich, most Germans wanted to know which of the two post-war German states would erase the material traces of their wartime suffering most quickly and most thoroughly. Consumption and the quality of everyday life quickly became important battlefields upon which the East-West conflict would be fought. This book focuses on the competing types of consumer societies that developed over time in the two Germanies and the legacy each left. Consuming Germany in the Cold War assesses why East Germany increasingly fell behind in this competition and how the failure to create a viable socialist "consumer society" in the East helped lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. By the 1970s, East Germans were well aware that the regime's bombastic promises that the GDR would soon overtake the West had become increasingly hollow. For most East German citizens, West German consumer society set the standards that East Germany repeatedly failed to meet.By exploring the ways in which East and West Germany have functioned as each other's "other" since 1949, this book suggests some of the possibilities for a new narrative of post-war German history. While taking into account the very different paths pursued by East and West Germany since 1949, the contributors demonstrate the importance of competition and highlight the connections between the two German successor states, as well as the ways in which these relationships changed throughout the period. By understanding the legacy that forty-plus years of rivalry established, we can gain a better understanding of the current tensions between the eastern and western regions of a united Germany.


Britain Germany And The Cold War

Author by : R. Gerald Hughes
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : This well-researched book details the ambiguity in British policy towards Europe in the Cold War as it sought to pursue détente with the Soviet Union whilst upholding its commitments to its NATO allies. From the early 1950s, Britain pursued a dual policy of strengthening the West whilst seeking détente with the Soviet Union. British statesmen realized that only through compromise with Moscow over the German question could the elusive East-West be achieved. Against this, the West German hard line towards the East (endorsed by the United States) was seen by the British as perpetuating tension between the two blocs. This cast British policy onto an insoluble dilemma, as it was caught between its alliance obligations to the West German state and its search for compromise with the Soviet bloc. Charting Britain's attempts to reconcile this contradiction, this book argues that Britain successfully adapted to the new realities and made hitherto unknown contributions towards détente in the early 1960s, whilst drawing towards Western Europe and applying for membership of the EEC in 1961. Drawing on unpublished US and UK archives, Britain, Germany and the Cold War casts new light on the Cold War, the history of détente and the evolution of European integration. This book will appeal to students of Cold War history, British foreign policy, German politics, and international history.


From Yalta To Berlin

Author by : W. R. Smyser
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Description : The division of Germany into four zones of occupation after World War II was never intended to imply anything other than a temporary arrangement of convenience. Within four years, however, the appearance of two separate German states had become increasingly accepted. Over the coming years, although both were in different ways uncomfortable hybrids, the Federal Republic and the Democratic Republic took on stability and seeming permanence. A long-time specialist in the field, Dr Smyser's book takes account of the many twists and turns taken by the postwar German question until the arrival at the answer in the dissolution of East Germany and the end of the four-power occupation of Berlin.


The Impact Of The Cold War On Germany S Immigration And Citizenship Policies From 1945 To 2000

Author by : Kristina Beckmann
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Description : Bachelor Thesis from the year 2002 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Peace and Conflict Studies, Security, grade: 70 / 1- (A-), South Bank University London (Humanities and Social Science), 24 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Since 1945, various groups of immigrants have made their way to Germany, which has been an attractive destination because of its prosperity and its location in the centre of Europe. However, for a long time Germany′s politicians upheld the perception that Germany was not a country of immigration and therefore failed to develop a common immigration and citizenship policy. This paper will depict this paradox and its consequences, which are a mix of policies that the government adopted for different groups of immigrants. Furthermore, Germany′s immigration and citizenship policies were significantly influenced by internal and external political factors, which arose out of the Cold War. As a consequence, Germany had to react to the radical change in international politics in 1989. This paper will attempt to analyse these factors by highlighting Germany′s three main groups of immigrants: ethnic Germans, labour migrants and asylum seekers. The influx of ethnic Germans in the aftermath of World War II shaped Germany′s exceptional notion citizenship. This notion found its expression in Article 116 of the constitution and is rooted in German history, but was also shaped by the ideologies of the Cold War. This paper will show that Germany′s citizenship policy resulted from its geographical division into a capitalistic West and a communist East and that it made an artificially distinction between ethnic Germans and other immigrants such as labour migrants and asylum seekers. The collapse of communism and Germany′s unification in 1989 led to a change in German immigration and citizenship policies. It signalled an end to ideologically motivated policies regarding immigration. Open borders and an increased influx of ethnic Germans and asylum seekers induced the government to take restrictive measurements in order to gain control over these inflows. This paper will address the most significant changes, which consisted of the reappraisal of the notion of German citizenship and an amendment of Germany′s generous right to asylum.


Cold War In Germany

Author by : Wilfred G. Burchett
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Germany 1989

Author by : Lothar Kettenacker
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Description : In autumn 1989 the world watched transfixed as East German citizens, demonstrating under the banner ‘We are the people!’, staged the only successful, totally peaceful revolution in German history. By October 1990, the process of reunification was formally concluded, bringing together a nation that had been divided for almost four decades. Now, nearly twenty years later, it is possible to judge the causes and consequences of the revolution more clearly. Was the fall of the Berlin Wall an unexpected fluke, or was it, in fact, the result of a long process of engagement between East and West? And did the momentous events of 1989 really signal the start of a bright new future for a united Germany? In this probing and wide-ranging account, Lothar Kettenacker considers the background behind the division of Germany and explains how the Berlin Wall and its death trap border proved to be the most horrendous manifestation of East-West antagonism. He also looks beyond 1990 to show how the confusion caused by the sudden collapse of the GDR and the fusion of two radically different economies is proving to be a challenge that will preoccupy Germany for generations to come.


States Of Division

Author by : Sagi Schaefer
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Publisher by : Oxford University Press, USA
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Description : Presents a new view about the division of Germany, challenging existing knowledge and helping to explain remaining divisions after unification.--Provided by publisher.


Threatened Masculinity From British Fiction To Cold War German Cinema

Author by : Joseph P. Willis
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Description : The impact of the Cold War on German male identities can be seen in the nation’s cinematic search for a masculine paradigm that rejected the fate-centered value system of its National- Socialist past while also recognizing that German males once again had become victims of fate and fatalism, but now within the value system of the Soviet and American hegemonies that determined the fate of Cold War Germany and Central Europe. This monograph is the first to demonstrate that this Cold War cinematic search sought out a meaningful masculine paradigm through film adaptations of late-Victorian and Edwardian male writers who likewise sought a means of self-determination within a hegemonic structure that often left few opportunities for personal agency. In contrast to the scholarly practice of exploring categories of modern masculinity such as Victorian imperialist manliness or German Cold-War male identity as distinct from each other, this monograph offers an important, comparative corrective that brings forward an extremely influential century-long trajectory of threatened masculinity. For German Cold-War masculinity, lessons were to be learned from history—namely, from late-Victorian and Edwardian models of manliness. Cold War Germans, like the Victorians before them, had to confront the unknowns of a new world without fear or hesitation. In a Cold-War mentality where nuclear technology and geographic distance had trumped face-to-face confrontation between East and West, Cold-War German masculinity sought alternatives to the insanity of mutual nuclear destruction by choosing not just to confront threats, but to resolve threats directly through personal agency and self-determination.


Retreating From The Cold War

Author by : D. Cox
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Description : Retreating from the Cold War looks at the Soviet, and later Russian, military withdrawal from what was East Germany. It focuses on the central role of these Soviet troops in the historic events that marked the end of the Cold War, including the East German revolution in 1989, German unification in 1990, and the final withdrawal of the troops themselves in 1994, events that were put in motion by Mikhail Gorbachev's reform effort in the USSR.


What Role Did Domestic Factors Play In Ending The Cold War

Author by : Alexander Tutt
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Description : Essay from the year 2012 in the subject History Europe - Germany - Postwar Period, Cold War, grade: 1,3, , course: International Relations Theory, language: English, abstract: Scientific literature tries to give an answer to the question of the ‘Cold War’s End’ in multiple ways. In order to relate eventual domestic factors with the peaceful ending of the East-West conflict, three questions have to be asked: What are the possible factors? Which states were involved? How can an impact of endogenous elements be validated? In order to identify eventual domestic factors, it seems expedient to have an initial look at the merit of two winners of the Nobel Prize for peace: Mikhail Gorbachev and Willy Brandt, founding fathers of glasnost and perestroika in the USSR and Ostpolitik in Western Germany, respectively. It is, however, kept in mind that the United States of America exerted indirect, as well as direct influence on domestic policy of both countries. Given these preliminaries, the structure of this essay is fourfold. First of all, domestic factors are put into historical context considering social, political and economical factors both in Eastern and Western Germany and the Soviet Union. Afterwards, the historical facts are endowed with standpoints of several IR scholars, explaining theoretical issues and making predominant use of a social constructivist approach. Finally, a conclusion is drawn, summarizing and interpreting the results.


Checkpoint Charlie

Author by : Iain MacGregor
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Description : A “constantly captivating…well-researched and often moving” (The Wall Street Journal) history of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous military gate on the border of East and West Berlin where the United States confronted the USSR during the Cold War. In the early 1960s, East Germany committed a billion dollars to the creation of the Berlin Wall, an eleven-foot-high barrier that consisted of seventy-nine miles of fencing, 300 watchtowers, 250 guard dog runs, twenty bunkers, and was operated around the clock by guards who shot to kill. Over the next twenty-eight years, at least five thousand people attempt to smash through it, swim across it, tunnel under it, or fly over it. In 1989, the East German leadership buckled in the face of a civil revolt that culminated in half a million East Berliners demanding an end to the ban on free movement. The world’s media flocked to capture the moment which, perhaps more than any other, signaled the end of the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie had been the epicenter of global conflict for nearly three decades. Now, “in capturing the essence of the old Cold War [MacGregor] may just have helped us to understand a bit more about the new one” (The Times, London)—the mistrust, oppression, paranoia, and fear that gripped the world throughout this period. Checkpoint Charlie is about the nerve-wracking confrontation between the West and USSR, highlighting such important global figures as Eisenhower, Stalin, JFK, Nikita Khrushchev, Mao Zedung, Nixon, Reagan, and other politicians of the period. He also includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built and dismantled the Wall; children who crossed it; relatives and friends who lost loved ones trying to escape over it; military policemen and soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; CIA, MI6, and Stasi operatives who oversaw operations across its borders; politicians whose ambitions shaped it; journalists who recorded its story; and many more whose living memories contributed to the full story of Checkpoint Charlie.


Behind The Iron Curtain

Author by : Jeffrey M. Byford
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Publisher by : University Press of America
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Description : This book examines various pedagogical approaches and historical background associated with East Germany’s role throughout the Cold War, including methods of differentiated instruction, the beginnings of East Germany, the creation of the Ministry for State Security, the Berlin Wall, life and society of East Germans, and the fall of communism.


Cold War Germany The Third World And The Global Humanitarian Regime

Author by : Young-Sun Hong
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Description : "This book examines competition and collaboration among Western powers, the socialist bloc, and the Third World for control over humanitarian aid programs during the Cold War. Young-sun Hong's analysis reevaluates the established parameters of German history. On the one hand, global humanitarian efforts functioned as an arena for a three-way political power struggle. On the other, they gave rise to transnational spaces that allowed for multidimensional social and cultural encounters. Hong paints an unexpected view of the global humanitarian regime: Algerian insurgents flown to East Germany for medical care, barefoot Chinese doctors in Tanzania, and West and East German doctors working together in the Congo. She also provides a rich analysis of the experiences of African trainees and Asian nurses in the two Germanys. This book brings an urgently needed historical perspective to contemporary debates on global governance, which largely concern humanitarianism, global health, south-north relationships, and global migration"--


Behind The Berlin Wall

Author by : Patrick Major
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Description : On 13 August 1961 eighteen million East Germans awoke to find themselves walled in by an edifice which was to become synonymous with the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. Patrick Major explores how the border closure affected ordinary East Germans, from workers and farmers to teenagers and even party members, 'caught out' by Sunday the Thirteenth.


Into The Unknown

Author by : Marion Kummerow
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Description : Two lovers, separated by politics. How far is one woman willing to go to save the only love she’s ever known? Bruni, a singer and entertainer in Berlin after World War 2 thought she had it all: a career, raving fans, good friends, and an American soldier she loves. But good things aren’t always meant to last. When her fiancé is injured in a hit-and-run accident and flown out to Wiesbaden, Bruni knows that she must do everything in her power to find him. If he leaves Germany before they are married, she might never see him again. But this is post-war Berlin, and the Soviets have throttled all traffic between the city and West Germany by land and by water. Her only way out is to find a truck driver willing to smuggle her across the Soviet occupied zone. Enter Otto, a good-hearted small-time criminal. In a bid to do his part against the Soviets, he runs the Berlin blockade and smuggles food and goods across the border while making a simple living doing it. So when a Bruni offers him to a generous sum to give her a lift across, he doesn’t think twice. However, Bruni is not the only forbidden cargo on board. When Otto discovers that his truck has been planted with stolen antiques, he knows that this journey will be no simple feat. Especially when he has the Soviet army on his tail. Can these two unlikely allies find a way to escape the death sentence that follows them? Will Bruni be reunited with her only true love?


From Cold War To Ostpolitik

Author by : Michael Freund
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Sex Thugs And Rock N Roll

Author by : Mark Fenemore
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Description : Living on the frontline of the Cold War, young people in East Germany were subject to a number of competing influences: the culture of their parents, the new official culture taught in schools, and new youth cultures. Fenemore presents an account of what it was like in the 1950s and 1960s.


Gis In Germany

Author by : Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr
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Description : These fifteen essays offer a comprehensive look at the role of American military forces in Germany since World War Two.


Nation States As Schizophrenics

Author by : Roberta N. Haar
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Description : The end of the Cold War gave rise to the expectation that Germany and Japan would increase their roles in the management of a secure international environment. However, neither country followed expectations, preferring instead to deny their strengths and withdraw themselves from political and economic realities.


Recomposing German Music

Author by : Elizabeth Janik
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Publisher by : BRILL
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Description : This book is a social history of musical life in Berlin; it investigates the tangled relationship between music and politics in 20th-century Germany, emphasizing the division of Berlin's musical community between east and west in the early Cold War era.