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How world politics is made : France and the reunification of Germany /
by Tilo Schabert ; translated from the German by John Tyler Tuttle ; edited and abridged by Barry Cooper.
imprint
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2009.
description
xix, 401 p.
ISBN
0826218482 (alk. paper), 9780826218483 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2009.
isbn
0826218482 (alk. paper)
9780826218483 (alk. paper)
general note
Originally published: Stuttgart : Klett-Cotta, c2002, under title Wie Weltgeschichte gemacht wird : Frankreich und die deutsche Einheit.
abstract
"Dispelling the notion that François Mitterrand was reluctant to accept the reunification of Germany, Schabert focuses on French diplomacy, re-creating cabinet meetings and quoting communications between Mitterrand and other world leaders, to show that Mitterrand's main concern was that a reunified Germany be firmly anchored in a unified Europe"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
6818522
 
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"Schabert has changed our views on recent world history." - Citation for the 2005 French-German Parliamentary Prize
“Schabert has changed our views on recent world history.” - Citation for the 2005 French-German Parliamentary Prize
"By far the most impressively documented volume on this subject. . . . Never have the differences between Mitterrand and Margaret Thatcher on Germany and Europe been more clearly described, nor the continuity of France's Germany policy between Charles de Gaulle and Mitterrand made more obvious." -- Stanley Hoffmann, Foreign Affairs (on the original German edition)
“By far the most impressively documented volume on this subject. . . . Never have the differences between Mitterrand and Margaret Thatcher on Germany and Europe been more clearly described, nor the continuity of France’s Germany policy between Charles de Gaulle and Mitterrand made more obvious.” - Stanley Hoffmann, Foreign Affairs (on the original German edition)
"By far the most impressively documented volume on this subject. . . . Never have the differences between Mitterrand and Margaret Thatcher on Germany and Europe been more clearly described, nor the continuity of France's Germany policy between Charles de Gaulle and Mitterrand made more obvious." - Stanley Hoffmann, Foreign Affairs (on the original German edition)
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Dispelling the notion that François Mitterrand was reluctant to accept the reunification of Germany, Schabert focuses on French diplomacy to show that Mitterrand's main concern was that a reunified Germany be firmly anchored in a unified Europe.
Main Description
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European bloc, the reunification of Germany was a major episode in the history of modern Europe-and one widely held to have been opposed by that country’s centuries-old enemy, France. But while it has been previously believed that French President Fran ois Mitterrand played a negative role in events leading up to reunification, Tilo Schabert shows that Mitterrand’s main concern was not the potential threat of an old nemesis but rather that a reunified Germany be firmly anchored in a unified Europe. Widely acclaimed in Europe and now available in English for the first time, How World Politics Is Made blends primary research and interviews with key actors in France and Germany to take readers behind the scenes of world governments as a new Europe was formed. Schabert had unprecedented, exclusive access to French presidential archives and here focuses on French diplomacy not only to dispel the notion that Mitterrand was reluctant to accept reunification but also to show how successful he was in bringing it about. Although accounts of U.S. officials regarding the reunification of Germany boast of American leadership that guided European affairs, Schabert offers a Continental perspective that is far more complex. He reveals the constructive role played by France as he re-creates not only French cabinet meetings but also communications between Mitterrand and George H. W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and other world leaders. Along the way, he provides new insight into such major episodes as the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council summits, the German-Polish border dispute, Germany’s membership in NATO, and the final settlement of reunification. Schabert’s work is a major piece of scholarship that clearly shows the decisive role that France played in the orchestration of German reunification-by making the “German question” a European question. A primary source in its own right, this book dramatically reshapes our understanding of not only reunification but also the end of the Cold War and the construction of a New Europe.
Main Description
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European bloc, the reunification of Germany was a major episode in the history of modern Europe-and one widely held to have been opposed by that country's centuries-old enemy, France. But while it has been previously believed that French President François Mitterrand played a negative role in events leading up to reunification, Tilo Schabert shows that Mitterrand's main concern was not the potential threat of an old nemesis but rather that a reunified Germany be firmly anchored in a unified Europe. Widely acclaimed in Europe and now available in English for the first time, How World Politics Is Made blends primary research and interviews with key actors in France and Germany to take readers behind the scenes of world governments as a new Europe was formed. Schabert had unprecedented, exclusive access to French presidential archives and here focuses on French diplomacy not only to dispel the notion that Mitterrand was reluctant to accept reunification but also to show how successful he was in bringing it about. Although accounts of U.S. officials regarding the reunification of Germany boast of American leadership that guided European affairs, Schabert offers a Continental perspective that is far more complex. He reveals the constructive role played by France as he re-creates not only French cabinet meetings but also communications between Mitterrand and George H. W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and other world leaders. Along the way, he provides new insight into such major episodes as the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council summits, the German-Polish border dispute, Germany's membership in NATO, and the final settlement of reunification. Schabert's work is a major piece of scholarship that clearly shows the decisive role that France played in the orchestration of German reunification-by making the "German question" a European question. A primary source in its own right, this book dramatically reshapes our understanding of not only reunification but also the end of the Cold War and the construction of a New Europe.
Library of Congress Summary
"Dispelling the notion that François Mitterrand was reluctant to accept the reunification of Germany, Schabert focuses on French diplomacy, re-creating cabinet meetings and quoting communications between Mitterrand and other world leaders, to show that Mitterrand's main concern was that a reunified Germany be firmly anchored in a unified Europe"--Provided by publisher.

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