Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, the Soviet Collapse, and the New Europe by Angela E. Stent
The relationship between Russia and Germany was central to some of the most crucial events of the twentieth century: the two world wars, the Cold War, and the emergence of…
Russia and Germany Reborn synopsis
The relationship between Russia and Germany was central to some of the most crucial events of the twentieth century: the two world wars, the Cold War, and the emergence of a new Europe from the ashes of communism. This is the first book to examine the recent development of the tense and violent relationship mostly from the Russian and German perspectives.
Angela Stint has gathered interviews with key international figures - including Mikhail Gorbachev - with ideas drawn from a newly unclassified archives in East Germany and a deep understanding of Russian-German relations. It provides a fascinating overview of the events and trends of the past three decades: the beginning of change, the unification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new uncertain European order. The pillar reveals the chaos and contradiction behind the Soviet negotiating strategy that led - against Gorbachev's wishes - to the nightmare of the old Soviet, the united Germany of NATO.
Shows how German power and Russian weakness govern the dance of sensitive power between newly united Germany and newly democratized Russia. Finally, it sets out many scenarios for the future of Russian-German relations - some optimistic and others dark because of the threat of new tyranny. Russia and Germany Reeburn is a crucial reading for anyone interested in a relationship that changed the course of the twentieth century and will have a strong impact on the next..
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