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By Detlef Junker, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach, David B. Morris

This multi-author paintings experiences all points of German-American relatives following Germany's defeat in international battle II throughout the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's reunification. along with chapters on political and army kinfolk, its large view of German-American kinfolk presents large insurance of the industrial, cultural, and social contacts among the U.S. and the 2 German states that ended in the dramatic occasions of 1989-90.

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The United States would not have tolerated it. The American policy of containing Germany through integration was geared precisely toward withholding from the Federal Republic the military, political, or social basis for such a power play. German politicians understood this well and chose multilateral routes for pursuing their interests. Unlike Germany, France had not forfeited its right to conduct unilateral power politics. De Gaulle’s hegemonic plans for Europe may have been inconvenient and annoying, but they could not shake a French-American trust rooted in a two-hundred-year-old shared tradition.

It was these fears fed by the past that in the end made continued military control of Germany a central component of international diplomacy concerning the external conditions of German reunification. Containing Germany through integration was again the overriding objective of American foreign policy. Indeed, it was the prerequisite for America’s approval of German unification. The country had to remain part of NATO and an overall Atlantic-European structure. On their own, the land-, air-, and sea-based armed forces of the Federal Republic are capable of neither offensive nor defensive action.

S. , 1985), 425; see Helga Haftendorn and Henry Riecke, 9 as a statement of fact, it must be conceded that it was partly fiction and, if interpreted as wishful thinking, it was a promise that went unfulfilled until 1990. The Allies maintained their rights and responsibilities regarding Berlin and Germany as a whole, particularly the responsibility for future reunification and a future peace treaty. These provisos were safeguards and veto clauses of great political significance. Their application by the Western powers played a significant role, for example, in the second major Berlin crisis of 1958–62, during the political battle over the Moscow and Warsaw treaties and the entry of the two German states into the United Nations between 1970 and 1973, and during the reunification process in 1989–90.

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