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Germany, America and the shaping of post-Cold War Europe: a story of German international emancipation through political unification, 1989–90

Spohr, Kristina (2015) Germany, America and the shaping of post-Cold War Europe: a story of German international emancipation through political unification, 1989–90. Cold War History, 15 (2). pp. 221-243. ISSN 1468-2745

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14682745.2015.1018479

Abstract

German reunification within NATO in 1990 marked the end of the Cold War. It also cemented America's role as a ‘European power’. By focusing on three key moments in German-American security relations in 1989-90, this essay explains how this outcome materialised. For Chancellor Helmut Kohl, driving the process of unification offered Germans the prospect of international emancipation after four decades of limited sovereignty. For President George H.W. Bush, backing unification proved an opportunity to preserve and transform NATO. Moreover, the new, more political version of the Alliance that emerged became Washington's device to shape the post-Cold War era.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fcwh20
Additional Information: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 11:07
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 02:05
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62596

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