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1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe

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There are unique periods in history when a single year witnesses the total transformation of international relations. The year 1989 was one such crucial watershed. This book uses previously unavailable sources to explore the momentous events following the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago and the effects they have had on our world ever since.
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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published September 14th 2009)
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Cath Holden
Dec 27, 2015 Cath Holden rated it it was amazing
Thanks mark for the good read!
Meihan Liu
Nov 25, 2016 Meihan Liu rated it really liked it
Recent disputes between EU and Russia over Russian media remind me of this book.

It provides a vivid example of what Sarotte said in the conclusion part. The very image of Post-Cold War Europe in the vision of the (Western) state leaders in the late 1980s (who very much learnt their lesson from the Treaty of Versailles and the Second World War, participated in the whole 2+4 process of German unification and made every move very great caution such as a U.S. President not openly celebrating the fal
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Brandy
Apr 13, 2015 Brandy rated it really liked it
Read this for a grad class.

I've done quite a bit of reading on the building of the Berlin Wall and the Berlin crises, but next to none on the fall of the wall, which seems weird now. Anyway, this is an incredibly researched book which by its nature has to leave some things out - like internal situations in Poland and Lithuania - but does not allow that to detract from her narrative and argument. I'm not certain that I'm entirely on board with her interpretation of Kohl... Although I firmly beli
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Ryan
Nov 12, 2009 Ryan rated it liked it
Sarotte glossed over the events in the GDR and Eastern Europe that lead up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Solidarity movement, changes in Hungary, the growing internal discontent in the GDR and the lack of real leadership by Honecker had great impact. Having said that, the events that lead to the fall of the wall were of less concern to Sarotte than the ensuing negotiations lead by Kohl. Sarotte does a good job of bringing the various events and point of view together in a way that ...more
Christina
Jun 13, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it
Meticulously-researched yet engaging account of the events in 1989 that led to the fall of the Soviet bloc. I especially enjoyed the account of the inept East German press briefing that precipitated the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. Sarotte's book makes her readers feel like they are present as the events unfold. Given its length and depth, I'd recommend this book to modern history scholars (or those who wish they were) rather than those with a more casual interest in the time period.
Craig
Kind of boring and mechanical look at the endgame of the Cold War. Interesting for just one reason - its argument that the United States and Soviet Union were not important players in the ending of the Cold War and it really revolved around German leadership, specifically Helmut Kohl. But the writing style was so drab that it made for a challenging reading.
Patrick
Aug 15, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Meticulous account and in-depth analysis of the events leading to the "reunification" of the two German states. Thansk to Sarotte's clear style and thinking it almost reads like a cold-blooded novel.
Bill Murray
Jan 02, 2015 Bill Murray rated it it was amazing
Ms. Sarotte is a force of nature. This is a blow by blow account of the fall of the Berlin Wall. See this video for a sense of the author's focus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnofm...
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