The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order by Kristina SpohrThe Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order by Kristina Spohr

The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order

byKristina Spohr

Hardcover | April 23, 2016

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Helmut Schmidt is the neglected chancellor of modern German history, overshadowed by "the greats" - Bismarck, Adenauer, Brandt and Kohl. This volume retrieves Schmidt's true significance as a pivotal figure who helped reshape the global order during the crisis-ridden 1970s. This majorreinterpretation, based on detailed research in Schmidt's private papers and numerous archives in Europe and America, reveals him as a leader equally skilled in economics and security, and adept at personal diplomacy, who dared to act as a "double interpreter" between the superpowers during thenadir of the Cold War.Schmidt was no mere "crisis-manager": in fact he brought to the chancellorship a depth of reflection, evident in two decades of writings and speeches that justifies considering him an intellectual statesman on a par with Henry Kissinger. His achievements were prodigious. Hailed as the "worldeconomist", Schmidt helped create the G7 forum for global economic governance and the European Monetary System at a time when capitalism seemed on the rocks. And as the "strategist of balance", he designed NATO's 'dual-track' response to the crisis caused by the massive Soviet arms buildup ofEuro-missiles. This decision, Kristina Spohr argues, played a crucial part in holding together the Western alliance and paved the way to defusing the Cold War in Europe.Schmidt brought his country to the top table of world politics - what he unashamedly called Weltpolitik - as an equal of the wartime victor powers. It was through his Chancellorship that West Germany came of age on the global stage.

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Kristina Spohr is associate professor of international history at the London School of Economics. German-Finnish by birth, she studied at the University of East Anglia, Sciences Po Paris, and Cambridge University and also worked for a year in the NATO Secretary General's Private Office in Brussels. Her publications include Germany and ...

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Title:The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International OrderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsAbbreviationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The World Economist2. The Strategist of Balance3. Defusing the Neutron Bomb4. Constructing the Dual Track5. The Double InterpreterConclusionBibliographyIndex