Reunification in West German Party Politics From Westbindung to Ostpolitik by Joost Kleuters

Reunification in West German Party Politics From Westbindung to Ostpolitik

byJoost Kleuters

Hardcover | September 10, 2012

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This book combines new thinking in International Relations theory and Foreign Policy Analysis withoriginal historical research concerning West German party politics in the 1950s and 1960s and thestruggle between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats on the issue of howreunification should be approached, from Adenauer's policy of Westbindung to Brandt'sOstpolitik. It contributes to theory formation on international politics and foreign policy by usingthe Federal Republic as a crucial case study on 'strategic states' in international politics and at thesame time adds to the historiography of the German question and West German reunification policy. Theresult is a compelling, detailed narrative with a clear focus on theoretical relevance concerning foreignpolicy decision-making. This book is essential reading for students and scholars of German politics, German History, European Studies, and Foreign Policy.

About The Author

JOOST KLEUTERS was born in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). His research interests and publications concern Foreign Policy Analysis, diplomatic history, transatlantic relations and European politics. He lives and works in Germany.

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Title:Reunification in West German Party Politics From Westbindung to OstpolitikFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 10, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230301673

ISBN - 13:9780230301672

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Between Continuity and Change
Westbindung instead of Wiedervereinigung
Reunification Policy under Pressure: Taking the Offensive
The Christian Democrats Stick, the Social Democrats Swing
A Tale of Three Cities: Bonn, Berlin and Washington
Adenauer's Long Shadow
Ostpolitik on Hold
Crossing the Rubicon: Brandt's Ostpolitik
Conclusions
Sources and Literature