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- DescriptionUsing newly available material from both sides of the Iron Curtain, William Glenn Gray explores West Germany's efforts to prevent international acceptance of East Germany as a legitimate state following World War II. Unwilling to accept the division of their country, West German leaders regarded the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as an illegitimate upstart--a puppet of the occupying Soviet forces. Together with France, Britain, and the United States, West Germany applied political and financial pressure around the globe to ensure that the GDR remain unrecognized by all countries outside the communist camp. Proclamations of ideological solidarity and narrowly targeted bursts of aid gave the GDR momentary leverage in such diverse countries as Egypt, Iraq, Ghana, and Indonesia; yet West Germany's intimidation tactics, coupled with its vastly superior ecomic resources, blocked any decisive East German breakthrough. Gray argues that Bonn's isolation campaign was dropped t for want of success, but as a result of changes in West German priorities as the struggle against East Germany came to hamper efforts at reconciliation with Israel, Poland, and Yugoslavia--all countries of special relevance to Germany's recent past. Interest in a morally grounded diplomacy, together with the growing conviction that the GDR could longer be igred, led to the abandonment of Bonn's effective but outdated efforts to hinder worldwide recognition of the East German regime.
- Author BiographyWilliam Glenn Gray is assistant professor of history at Purdue University.
- Author(s)William Glenn Gray
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleThe New Cold War History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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