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Description - The Foundations of Ostpolitik by Julia Von Dannenberg

Based on recently released archival sources, this book is the first systematic analysis of the German-Soviet negotiations leading to the conclusion of the Moscow Treaty of August 1970. This treaty was the linchpin of the 'New Ostpolitik' launched by Chancellor Willy Brandt's government as a policy of reconciliation and an attempt to normalize relations with the countries of the Eastern bloc. Focusing on the decision-making processes, both within the German domestic political system as well as within the international context, this study offers a new interpretation of the shift from confrontational to detente politics at this time, arguing that the Moscow Treaty was the product of various interrelated domestic and external factors. As Dannenberg shows, the change of government to a Social-Liberal coalition was the first important precondition for Ostpolitik, while the speedy conclusion of the Moscow Treaty owed much to the high degree of secrecy and centralization that characterized Brandt's policy-making and that of his small coterie of advisors. However, Brandt's predominance in the decision-making process does not mean that he alone determined the direction of policy. His room for manoeuvre was, amongst other things, constrained by his coalition's narrow parliamentary majority as well as the Western Allies' special rights. On the other hand, German-Soviet trade expansion, public opinion, and the emerging international interest in detente in the mid-1960s were crucial factors favouring Ostpolitik. It was in this configuration of circumstances that Brandt placed himself at the forefront of the movement towards detente between East and West by introducing his bold diplomatic design - one that had the reunification of Germany as its ultimate goal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199228195
ISBN-10: 0199228191
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 145mm x 23mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Julia Von Dannenberg

Julia von Dannenberg is an Investment Analyst for Lloyd George Management, London, covering the EMEA markets such as Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. This job involves political, historical, and economic research as well as financial analysis, with the aim of identifying companies that are worth investing into the for various funds.