9Acknowledgements During the course of researching and writing this book a large number of people offered their valuable help and support. It is also a result of their precious assistance and steady encouragement that I have been able to publish my work. More specifically, I would like to express my gratitude to the staff of the various archives which I have visited and, particularly, of the National Archives in Kew, where the documentation of the Public Record Office is held, for their resilient and patient support. I am also very much indebted to Prof. Gottfried Niedhart for allowing me to access and consult the archival documentation from the Federal German Foreign Ministry held at the ‘Détente and Ostpolitik’ project, which he co-ordinates at the University of Mannheim, and to Dr. Oliver Bange for his sound council, warm encouragement, and valued friend- ship, and for commenting so astutely on various parts of the manuscript. I am also very grateful to Prof. Alfredo Breccia, at the University of Rome III and Prof. James Walston, at the American University of Rome, for providing additional documentation and commenting on early drafts of the book. Thanks also to Katja Schuster and Stephan Kieninger for their kind and priceless help with my research at Mannheim. I also wish to thank Ursula Rettinghaus at Peter Lang for her patient assistance during the final stages of the preparation of this book. Finally, last but not least, I would like to thank my friend Caroline for her patient...
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