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Europe After Stalin: Eisenhower's Three Decisions of March 11, 1953
Europe After Stalin: Eisenhower's Three Decisions of March 11, 1953
By Walt W. Rostow
University of Texas Press, 1982, 206 pp.

President Eisenhower's instincts, and those of some of his advisers (including the author), called for an immediate positive overture to the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, with particular reference to the reunification of Germany. The Secretary of State and his department were unenthusiastic. The result was delay and compromise, which nevertheless produced the President's conciliatory and moving speech of April 16, 1953. This is the third in the author's continuing series of short case studies, with documents.