Dealing with the Devil: East Germany, Détente, and by M. E. Sarotte


By M. E. Sarotte

Utilizing new archival sources--including formerly mystery records of the East German mystery police and Communist Party--M. E. Sarotte is going behind the curtain of chilly struggle Germany throughout the period of d?©tente, as East and West attempted negotiation rather than disagreement to settle their transformations. In facing the satan, she explores the causes of the German Democratic Republic and its Soviet backers in responding to either the d?©tente tasks, or Ostpolitik, of West Germany and the international coverage of the U.S. less than President Nixon. Sarotte specializes in either public and mystery contacts among the 2 halves of the German state in the course of Brandt's chancellorship, exposing the cynical artifices developed via negotiators on either side. Her research additionally information a lot of the superpower maneuvering within the period of d?©tente, considering German matters have been ever found in the minds of leaders in Washington and Moscow, and divulges the startling measure to which main issue over China formed ecu politics in this time. extra typically, facing the satan provides an illuminating case examine of the way the connection among heart and outer edge functioned within the chilly battle Soviet empire.

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As a result, the East Germans and Soviets increased harassment of traffic to Berlin as a means of expressing their displeasure. S. Ω≤ However, the Soviet harassment suddenly stopped after the initial Sino-Soviet border clash, since Moscow thought that the West Berlin provocation and Chinese skirmish were planned to coincide. ’’Ω≥ In other words, the Soviets felt that they were the victims of coordinated actions and did not want to be involved in even small skirmishes on two ‘‘fronts’’ at once. S.

In other words, Brandt felt that it was incumbent upon him as the policymaker-on-site to find new ways to deal with what was clearly going to be a prolonged division. Those policies should not be so drastic, however, as to inspire a massive popular response which would in turn provoke Soviet intervention. Within the scope of their authority, Brandt and his chief aide Egon Bahr worked to achieve small agreements with the East, such as issuing special passes setting the stage 11 to enable West Berliners to visit East Berlin on certain holidays.

Hence, various issues became interrelated. This interconnectedness was encouraged by the tendency of all of the main actors—Brezhnev and Ulbricht, Nixon and his confidante Kissinger, Brandt and his confidante Bahr—to conduct key diplomacy personally, usually through ‘‘back channels,’’ and hence become 24 setting the stage Image Not Available On his first visit to West Germany as president in 1969, Richard Nixon (right) speaks with the West German chancellor Willy Brandt (center) and trade minister Karl Schiller.

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