The German Question and the Cold War

The German Question and the Cold War

written by David S. Painter, 1948-, in Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Case Study Program, Case 139 (District of Columbia: Georgetown University. School of Foreign Service. Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 1988), 22 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
This case study is designed to highlight the link between two problems: the origins of the Cold War, and the resolution of the “German Question”: the belief that whoever controlled Germany could dominate the whole of Europe and tilt the global balance of power against its rival. Indeed, the country’s strategic, economic, and political importance made both East and West fearful of the prospect of a unified Deutschland aligning itself with the other side. This case asks students to analyze what the United States and its allies were likely to gain through negotiations with the Soviets versus what they could achieve, and to a large extent had already achieved, through negotiations among themselves. It could be paired with Case Study 147, “Deciding Germany’s Future, 1943-1945.”
Field of Interest
World History
Author
David S. Painter, 1948-
Publisher
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
Copyright Message
Copyright © 1988 The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
Content Type
Case study
Warning: Contains explicit content
No
Format
Text
Page Count
22
Publication Year
1988
Publisher
Georgetown University. School of Foreign Service. Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
Place Published / Released
District of Columbia
Series Number
Case 139
Subject
World History, Global Issues, History, Social Sciences, Trade and Commerce, Individual and Groups Rights, Border Enforcement and Control, Germany and its Borders, Cold War, 1945-1989, Berlin Blockade, Berlin, Germany, 1948-1949, History, Diplomacy, Politics & Policy, Comercio, Comércio, Direitos Individuais e de Grupo, Derechos del Individuo y de Grupos, Alemania, Alemanha, Deutschland, Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas; Unión Soviética, União das Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas; União Soviética, USSR (Historical Place), Soviet Union (Historical Place), United States of America, USA, US of A, America, Estados Unidos, George F. Kennan, 1904-2005, Germany, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Historical Place), United States, 20th Century in World History (1914--2000)
Series / Program
Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Case Study Program
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Comercio, Comércio, Direitos Individuais e de Grupo, Derechos del Individuo y de Grupos, Alemania, Alemanha, Deutschland, Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas; Unión Soviética, União das Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas; União Soviética, USSR (Historical Place), Soviet Union (Historical Place), United States of America, USA, US of A, America, Estados Unidos

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