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Britain, Ost- and Deutschlandpolitik, and the CSCE (1955-1975)

Luca Ratti

Based on new and existing archival documentation, this book provides a detailed analysis of the British attitude to Bonn’s Eastern and inner-German policies during the period of détente and the CSCE. Each chapter analyses the evolution of British policy on a particular issue area, making detailed comparisons of British and West German archival sources and outlining the main aspects of the British view of West Germany’s relations with the Soviet bloc states and the German Democratic Republic. Drawing upon the archives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and of the West German foreign ministry, this book sheds new light on some of the more occult aspects of the British attitude to the German question and reveals the problems faced by British decision-makers in seeking to maintain Britain’s close ties with Bonn, while being hardly enthusiastic about the long-term prospect of German reunification. This volume addresses issues of East-West and Anglo-German relations, the role of NATO, and the debate among the Western allies on relations between the two German states during the period of détente.


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Documentary Appendix 240 241 Doc. no. 1: Ambassador Frederick Hoyer Millar to Ivone Kirkpatrick, 15 October 1955, FO 371/118455; p. 31, fn. no. 21 242 Doc. no. 2: Ambassador George Clutton to Duncan Wilson, 14 February 1962, FO 371/ 163594; p. 113, fn. no. 182 243 Doc. no. 3: Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart to Britain’s Embassy in Bonn, 15 June 1970, FCO 33/104; p. 93, fn. no. 139 244 Doc. no. 4: John. A. Thomson, Minister at the United Kingdom delegation to NATO, to Burke Trend, 22 December 1970, PREM 15/1579; p. 110, fn. no. 178; p. 119, fn. no. 195; p. 135, fn. no. 222 245 Doc. no. 5: Peter J. Moon, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, to Burke Trend, 30 December 1970, FCO 7/1842; p. 133, fn. no. 217 246 Doc. no. 6: Percy Cradock, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Planning Staff, to David Gladstone, 15 January 1971, FCO 33/1416; p. 135, fn. no. 223; p. 169, fn. no. 285 247 Doc. no. 7: Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home to Kurt Birrenbach, 16 March 1971, FCO 33/1416; p. 143, fn. no. 241 248 Doc. no. 8: Ambassador Karl-Günther Von Hase to Auswärtiges Amt, 14 October 1971, PA AA: B150/239; p. 159, fn. no. 274 249 Doc. no. 9: Ambassador Karl-Günther Von Hase to Auswärtiges Amt, 25 October 1971, PA AA: B150/240; p. 161, fn. no. 277; p. 219, fn. no. 377 and fn. no. 378. 250 Doc. no. 10: Ambassador Karl-Günther Von Hase to...

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