Imperial Overstretch: Germany in Soviet Policy from Stalin to Gorbachev : an Analysis Based on New Archival Evidence, Memoirs, and Interviews
- Adomeit, Hannes
- Baden-Baden : Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co.- KG, 2016.
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- Machine generated contents note: Persisting Myths -- `Imperial Overstretch' under Putin -- `Eastern Europe' -- Personal Background and Thanks -- Transliteration of Russian Terms -- INTRODUCTION -- Sources of Evidence -- pt. ONE THE SOVIET EMPIRE -- ch. 1 Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations -- 1.Conceptual Approaches -- 2.Metrocentric Approaches -- 3.Pericentric Approaches -- 4.International Systemic and Structural Approaches -- 5.Transnational Approaches -- 6.An Integrative Approach -- pt. TWO EXPANSION -- ch. 2 The Imperial and Ideological Paradigm -- 1.Parameters of the Paradigm -- 2.The Division of Germany: Design or Default? -- 3.The Paradigm Applied: East Germany and Eastern Europe -- 4.The Impact of the Berlin Blockade and the Korean War -- 5.Stalin's 1952 `Peace Note': Lost Opportunity or Political Manoeuvre? -- 6.Imperial Dilemmas: Beria and the Crisis in the GDR -- 7.Imperial Dilemmas: The Berlin Wall -- 8.Consolidation of the Soviet Empire and the `Correlation of Forces' -- 9.Soviet Responses to West Germany's Ostpolitik -- 10.Soviet Responses to East Germany's Assertiveness -- ch. 3 The Comprehensive Crisis of Empire -- 1.The Crisis of Ideology -- 2.Military Power and Declining Political Influence -- 3.Declining Economic Performance and the "Costs of Empire" -- 4.The Domestic Political Crisis -- 5.The Impact of the Crisis on Soviet-East German Relations -- 6.The Impact of the Crisis on Soviet-West German Relations -- 7.Debts, Dependency, and Intra-German Relations -- 8.Pravda Articles of Faith -- 9.The Chernenko-Honecker Emergency Meeting in Moscow -- Summary -- pt. FOUR COLLAPSE -- ch. 4 Gorbachev's Old and New Thinking -- 1.The Paradigm of New Thinking -- 2.Gorbachev: A Political Profile -- 3.Gorbachev's Perceptions of the German Problem -- 4.East Germany: Strategic Ally but Waning Economic Asset -- 5.West Germany: Troublesome Tenant in Gorbachev's `Common House of Europe' -- 6.Priority for the Relations with the United States -- 7.German Unification in a `Hundred Years' -- 8.Gorbachev and Eastern Europe: Decline of the Will to Empire -- Summary -- ch. 5 Domestic Implications of Gorbachev's German Policy -- 1.The Institutional Setting -- 2.The Academy of Sciences: International Relations Institutes and Specialists -- 3.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- 4.The CPSU: Politburo, Secretariat, and Central Committee Departments -- 5.The Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces -- 6.The KGB -- ch. 6 The Last Crisis -- 1.The Transformed Internal and International Setting -- 2.The Demise of the Honecker Regime -- 3.Gorbachev and Krenz -- 4.The Collapse of the Berlin Wall -- 5.German Unification on the International Agenda -- 6.Gorbachev's Acceptance of German Unification -- 7.Gorbachev's Consent to United Germany's Membership in NATO -- 8.The `Price Tag' of the Consent -- CONCLUSIONS -- The Gorbachev Era -- Collapse of the Soviet Empire: The Utility of Theories of Imperialism -- Lessons Unlearned: Putin in Brezhnev's Footsteps.
- The book is an analysis of the rise and fall of the Soviet empire in what, during the Cold War, was called 'Eastern Europe'. Its central focus is the role played by the German problem in that process.
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- Includes bibliographical references.
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