East Germany and Detente: Building Authority After the Wall

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East Germany and Detente: Building Authority After the Wall

By A. James McAdams
Cambridge University Press, 1985
233 pp. $34.50
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Better than other recent books on East Germany, this one catches the essence of the forces, domestic and international, that have brought the GDR to a larger and more distinctive role both inside and outside the Soviet bloc, especially in its expanding relationship with the Federal Republic. Erich Honecker and his colleagues have made of détente, formerly dreaded by them, a means to move toward long-sought goals of international recognition and authority with their own subjects. Governments on both sides of Europe's line of partition will have to ponder the new and changing dimensions of the German question. Studies such as this one can contribute to the continuing reassessment.

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