Ostpolitik was the major strategic innovation of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). It signaled the emergence of a more assertive and emancipated West Germany after twenty years of a semi-sovereign foreign policy. In some important ways it also marked the beginning of a more “normal” FRG foreign policy. By taking the initiative, Chancellor Willy Brandt acted on his recognition that the German question would not be settled by the superpowers but needed a major impulse from within West Germany. Brandt's acceptance of the losses of World War II and of German responsibility for that catastrophe, symbolized by his kneeling at the Warsaw Ghetto in 1970, opened the door to acceptance of the FRG as a reliable partner for...
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April 14 2021
Ostpolitik, 1969–1974: European and Global Responses
Ostpolitik, 1969–1974: European and Global Responses.
Stephen F. Szabo
Transatlantic Academy, Washington, DC
Online Issn: 1531-3298
Print Issn: 1520-3972
© 2021 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Journal of Cold War Studies (2021) 23 (1): 241–243.
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Stephen F. Szabo; Ostpolitik, 1969–1974: European and Global Responses. Journal of Cold War Studies 2021; 23 (1): 241–243. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/jcws_r_00992
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