Eisenhower and Adenauer

Eisenhower and Adenauer : Alliance Maintenance under Pressure, 1953-1960

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This book addresses the US-West German alliance in the 1950s, during which time Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Konrad Adenauer in the Federal Chancery. This is a unique multi-lateral, multi-archival work that analyzes the dilemmas and ultimate successes of the Cold War alliance that was most crucial for Western Europe during the early years of the Cold War.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739142259
  • 9780739142257
  • 2,236,443

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Issues, Events, and Personalities Chapter 2. "Confined to the Smallest Number of Powers": The Peace Offensive after Stalin Chapter 3. "There Is No Other Foreign Policy": The Road to Berlin Chapter 4. "The Year Things Began to Get Unstuck": 1955 Chapter 5. "The Key to World Dominance": Western Unity and the Foreign Policy Initiative, 1956 Chapter 6. Toward Berlin and the Status Quo: 1957-1958 Chapter 7. "The Strongest Weapon is Unity": Berlin, 1958-1960
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Review quote

Two decades ago, when the Berlin Wall fell, it was clear the Cold War was over, and that the American relationship with the Federal Republic of Germany was central to the outcome of the struggle. However, historians have been negligent in understanding the creation and nurturing of that alliance between former enemies. Steven Brady's Eisenhower and Adenauer is a welcome corrective, a sophisticated, well-written, and careful study of the crucial formative years of the US-German partnership. Brady rejects the "golden age" nostalgia and demonstrates the significant differences and misunderstandings which had to be faced before these two countries could cooperate effectively. He restores the crucial role played by leaders like Dwight Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles and Konrad Adenauer in overcoming the past, and provides an important lesson for today's leaders in dealing with the challenges of multilateral diplomacy and alliance management. Brady's book is essential reading for understanding this period in the international history of the Cold War. -- Thomas A. Schwartz, Vanderbilt University In this dutiful diplomatic history, Steven J. Brady argues that understanding the U.S.-West German relationship during the 1950s helps to explain why the Cold War last as long as it did...With this book, Brady offers a solid contribution to an already large literature on alliance politics-about both sides of the Iron Curtain- that suggests such politics played a vital role in prolonging the stalemate between the superpowers. The Journal Of Central European History
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About Steven J. Brady

Steven J. Brady teaches history at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a faculty fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
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