Berlin: From Symbol of Confrontation to Keystone of Stability

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This book meticulously follows the volatile and frequently threatening relationship between the Western powers and the Soviet Union with regard to Berlin. The authors begin their study at that point when the State Department first considered the fate of Berlin during World War II and take the reader through to the 1971 Four Power Agreement that governs the present operation of the city ending with their assessment of its implications for the future. The book provides an in-depth understanding of the 1971 agreement as well as the disputes and interests which defined the major powers' positions on Berlin and, to a large extent, determined the city's post-war fate. The authors examine in detail the negotiations that culminated in the Four Powers Agreement and include much heretofore unpublished information stemming from their personal roles in the negotiating process.

Sutterlin and Klein contend that after the extended period of dangerous tension and confrontation surrounding Berlin after World War II, the four powers have succeeded in defining a modus vivendi for Berlin that has substantially improved the conditions of life for the residents of West Berlin and removed the city as a serious hindrance to the normalization of East-West relations. The book also asserts that the agreement led to more constructive relations between the Soviet Union and the United States in dealing with other world problems. At the same time the authors view the sensitive areas of the quadripartite relationship from the perspective of the East and West Germans presenting a situation less than totally satisfactory. The book assesses the negotiations leading to the 1971 agreement as successful from the Western perspective, and probably from the Soviet Perspective as well. The authors contend that the particular negotiating procedure followed by Henry Kissinger and other U.S. representatives were needlessly deceptive and dangerous as a precedent.

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JAMES S. SUTTERLIN is with the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He served as vice-consul in Berlin, 1946 to 1948, and was a personal witness to post-war Berlin and the Berlin Blockade. He was the Director of the Office of Central European Affairs in the Department of State, 1969 to 1972, and was responsible for most of the guidance and instructions sent to the American Representative in the quadripartite negotiations on a Berlin Agreement.

DAVID KLEIN is special assistant to the president of Fairleigh Dickenson University. He served as a Senior Member on the National Security Council during the Kennedy years and was witness to Kennedy's handling of a Berlin crisis. He was the American Minister in Berlin during the 1969-1971 quadripartite negotiations. He was present at the negotiating sessions and was familiar with all the main actors including those on the Soviet side.

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"A book subjected to the cruel whims of history. Obviously completed before current events overtook even the most fantastic scenarios, the authors deny all but the most remote possibility of German reunification. But, failed prophecy aside, the book traces the relationship between the Western powers and the Soviet Union with regard to Berlin, from World War II through the consequences of the 1971 Four Power Agreement governing the subsequent operation of the city."-Reference & Research Book News

?A book subjected to the cruel whims of history. Obviously completed before current events overtook even the most fantastic scenarios, the authors deny all but the most remote possibility of German reunification. But, failed prophecy aside, the book traces the relationship between the Western powers and the Soviet Union with regard to Berlin, from World War II through the consequences of the 1971 Four Power Agreement governing the subsequent operation of the city.?-Reference & Research Book News

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