The Nuclear Crisis

The Nuclear Crisis : The Arms Race, Cold War Anxiety, and the German Peace Movement of the 1980s

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In 1983, more than one million Germans joined together to protest NATO's deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe. International media overflowed with images of marches, rallies, and human chains as protesters blockaded depots and agitated for disarmament. Though they failed to halt the deployment, the episode was a decisive one for German society, revealing deep divisions in the nation's political culture while continuing to mobilize activists. This volume provides a comprehensive reference work on the "Euromissiles" crisis as experienced by its various protagonists, analyzing NATO's diplomatic and military maneuvering and tracing the political, cultural, and moral discourses that surrounded the missiles' deployment in East and West Germany.
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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1789205093
  • 9781789205091

Table of contents

Introduction: The Nuclear Crisis, NATO's Double-Track Decision, and the Peace Movement of the 1980s: An Introduction
Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Martin Klimke, Wilfried Mausbach, and Marianne Zepp

Chapter 1. From Helsinki to Afghanistan: The CSCE Process and the Beginning of the Second Cold War
Anja Hanisch

Chapter 2. The NATO Double-Track Decision: Genesis and Implementation
Tim Geiger

Chapter 3. SS-20 and Pershing II: Weapon Systems and the Dynamization of East-West Relations
Oliver Bange

Chapter 4. NATO&'s Double-Track Decision and East-West German Relations
Hermann Wentker

Chapter 5.Political Parties
Jan Hansen

Chapter 6. Eco-Pacifism: The Environmental Movement as a Source for the Peace Movement
Silke Mende and Birgit Metzger

Chapter 7. Rationality of Fear: The Intellectual Foundations of the Peace Movement
Marianne Zepp

Chapter 8. The Institutional Organization of the Peace Movement
Christoph Becker-Schaum

Chapter 9. The Spaces and Places of the Peace Movement
Susanne Schregel

Chapter 10. The Protagonists of the Peace Movement
Saskia Richter

Chapter 11. The Independent Peace Movement in East Germany
Rainer Eckert

Chapter 12. Visual and Media Strategies of the Peace Movement
Kathrin Fahlenbrach and Laura Stapane

Chapter 13. The Churches
Sebastian Kalden and Jan Ole Wiechmann

Chapter 14. Trade Unions
Dietmar Su ss

Chapter 15. The Police
Michael Sturm

Chapter 16. "Men Build Rockets": The Women's Peace Movement
Reinhild Kreis

Chapter 17. Civil Defense: Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario in Politics and Science
Claudia Kemper

Chapter 18. Nuclear Doomsday Scenarios in Film, Literature, and Music
Philipp Baur

Chapter 19. A Triumph of Disarmament? The 1980s and the International Political System
Florian Pressler

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"This is an important volume on a key phase of the Cold War, one that will be of interest to scholars, but can also be assigned to undergraduate and graduate students. The various chapters build on each other beautifully, forming a coherent whole. Aside from a couple of rough spots, they are beautifully written, though they originally appeared in German. A list of abbreviations and annotated bibliographies at the end of each chapter make this volume highly reader-friendly." German History
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About Christoph Becker-Schaum

Christoph Becker-Schaum is the Director of the Green Memory Archive at the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Berlin.

Philipp Gassert is a Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Mannheim and a past deputy director of the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC. His publications include America's Wars (co-written with Alexander Emmerich, 2015).

Martin Klimke is Associate Dean of Humanities and Associate Professor of History at New York University Abu Dhabi. He is the author of The Other Alliance: Global Protest and Student Unrest in West Germany and the US, 1962-1972 (2010) and co-author of A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany (2010).
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