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The Foundations of OstpolitikThe Making of the Moscow Treaty between West Germany and the USSR$
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Julia von Dannenberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228195.001.0001

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Setting the Stage: From Confrontation to Détente

Setting the Stage: From Confrontation to Détente

(p.16) 1 Setting the Stage: From Confrontation to Détente
The Foundations of Ostpolitik

Julia von Dannenberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the idea that the New Ostpolitik was both an integral part of and an independent force in German approach to Western détente policy. It could develop only in the context of the international trend towards détente, but at the same time proved to be an independent policy of an economically and politically strengthened Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) that pursued German interests. This chapter discusses both the development from the ‘old’ to the ‘new’ Ostpolitik and its relation to international détente policy to provide a better understanding of the making of the Moscow Treaty as the start of New Ostpolitik.

Keywords:   New Ostpolitik, Moscow Treaty, Germany, Soviet Union, international détente policy, foreign policy

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