Perforating the Iron Curtain: European Détente, Transatlantic Relations, and the Cold War, 1965-1985

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Poul Villaume, Odd Arne Westad
Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010 - 272 pagine
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The relaxation of the Cold War Bloc tensions in the 1970s ? the so-called - détente process ?- was a watershed in the history of the Cold War. Recent research suggests that this process is far more significant than previously believed for understanding and explaining the developments that brought about the peaceful end of the Cold War in the late 1980s. The present collection of essays provides a rich and detailed account of many important yet neglected aspects of these processes. The contributions elucidate the European détente process from NGO grass-root as well as top diplomatic level perspectives, including the Helsinki Conference and the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, and in particular its stipulations on respect of human rights and human contacts across the Iron Curtain. The contributions are original research based on recently opened and not previously used state and private archives in Western and Eastern Europe and in the United States. Together, they shed new and fascination light on a defining chapter in recent European history.
 

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Indice

The Secrets of European Detente
7
What It Was About and Why It Ended
19
Polish Reactions to the West German Ostpolitik and EastWest Detente 19661978
35
Conflicting Perceptions and Strategies 196519751
57
The Brandt Government and the Nixon Administration on the Road to Helsinki
79
The Survival of the Transformation Strategy during the Nixon Years
101
Fostering Detente in Europe
123
The N+N as Catalysts of the CSCE Process 19721983
143
A Sort of Lifeline for Eastern Europe
179
Transatlantic Relations Human Rights and Power Politics
195
Approaches and Controversies
215
From Helsinki to Belgrade
243
Contributors
253
Select Bibliography
257
Index
265
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Informazioni sull'autore (2010)

Poul Villaume is professor of Contemporary History at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen. Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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