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This volume appraises German unification as international history, drawing on the wealth of evidence that has become available, while providing a synoptic overview of the historiography on the end of the Cold War. The book also takes into account the complex interactions between international actors and transnational processes that made the dramatic events of the pivotal years 1989-1990 possible.
The unification of Germany, completed on 3 October 1990, less than one year after the opening of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, ranks among the most unexpected and at the same time momentous events of the twentieth century. Above and beyond the drama of the event itself, German unification – embedded within the wider process of the end of the Cold War – accompanied, and to a large extent contributed to, the dramatic changes that occurred in the last decade of the century: the end of the division of Europe, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the origins of NATO’s eastward expansion and, not least, the creation of the European Union.
This volume distinguishes itself by bringing together international scholars whose recent works, based on their research in multiple languages and sources, have contributed significantly to the international history of German unification and the end of the Cold War. It gathers experts both on and from the key countries involved (Germany – both East and West – as well as Britain, France, Poland, the United States, and the Soviet Union/Russia) as well as leading scholars in the field of international relations and Cold War history and historiography. The resulting volume will be a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of a significant chapter in recent international history.
This book will be of much interest to students of German politics, Cold war history, international history and IR in general.