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Peace and Survival: West Germany, the Peace Movement, and European Security
Peace and Survival: West Germany, the Peace Movement, and European Security
By David Gress
Hoover Press, 1985, 266 pp.

An American-trained Danish historian, now at the Hoover Institution, probes the political views of the German peace movement and of what he calls the "nationalist neutralism" beyond the peace movement in the context of their historical and cultural assumptions. The book, well informed and with a pleasingly broad philosophical focus, is nevertheless more of a polemic against these groups than a balanced study of the growing distancing of Europeans from American policies. The animus is clear, as is the danger of writing instant history: "The abandonment of the Atlanticist line by the SPD is, without question, the most dramatic and portentous development in West German politics since the inauguration of the Ostpolitik of the social-liberal coalition in 1969." An example of facile and mischievous judgments.