Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface: A Brief Note on Scholarship and Sources

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pp. xi-xv

Before beginning, I must acknowledge my scholarly debts to a number of previous authors and the places that provided the sources used in writing this book. ...

Abbreviations

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p. xvi

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Introduction: Creating Post–Cold War Europe: 1989 and the Architecture of Order

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pp. 1-10

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall opened and the world changed. Memory of that iconic instant has, unsurprisingly, retained its power despite the passage of time. Evidence of its enduring strength was apparent in the decision by a later icon of change—Barack Obama—to harness it in his own successful pursuit of one of history’s most elusive prizes, the U.S. presidency. ...

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Chapter 1: What Changes in Summer and Autumn 1989?

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pp. 11-47

It is 1981. In the United States, Reagan is president. In the Soviet Union, Irina Scherbakova’s seven-year-old daughter has just come home from school. Scherbakova asks her what she did that day. Her daughter replies that her class was given an assignment. The students were told to write an essay called “The Person I Hate the Most.” ...

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Chapter 2: Restoring Four-Power Rights, Reviving a Confederation in 1989

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pp. 48-87

The East German street—meaning protesters old and new—had brought down the wall, with the help of the media. Most of the rest of the world had simply sat in front of a television set and watched in amazement. It was a good show; the contest between the power of the party and the power of the people played out on a grand scale. ...

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Chapter 3: Heroic Aspirations in 1990

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pp. 88-118

Robert Havemann had carried out an unusual comparative study for a chemistry professor. He had—involuntarily—investigated the best methods for surviving both Nazi and Stasi interrogations. When he was interrogated in 1943 in the infamous cells of the Gestapo on Prinz Albrecht Street, he willed himself to believe that the blows of his captors did not hurt. ...

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Chapter 4: Prefab Prevails

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pp. 119-149

On March 18, East Germans would have their first opportunity since the dawn of the Nazi era to cast their ballots freely. Roughly twelve million voters would choose among twenty-four parties. As their choices would highlight, these new voters were not persuaded by the dissidents and former dictators (who had become uneasy allies at the round table) that there was a future for an independent GDR. ...

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Chapter 5: Securing Building Permits

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pp. 150-194

By May 1990, it was apparent that the prefab model for the future had eclipsed all others. In architecture as in politics, however, winning does not automatically ensure that the victorious model will get built. To start work, both architects and politicians have to fight against backlash from the losers, secure building permits to start anew, and clear the site of detritus. ...

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Conclusion: The Legacy of 1989 and 1990

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pp. 195-214

Although unification was a done deal, there were still a number of loose ends to tie up after October 3. Kohl and his team worried about them mightily—U.S. attention, in contrast, was focused on the Gulf—but ultimately none seriously threatened German unity. The biggest outstanding problem was that the various treaties needed ratification by signatory countries. ...

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Afterword to the New Edition: Revisiting 1989–1990 and the Origins of NATO Expansion

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pp. 215-230

The faded numbers on the concrete are gone now. Even if you had visited the site before the construction crews arrived and built the discount grocery store, you might still have missed them. They were hard to spot: large but faint white numbers, painted in a line across what used to be several lanes. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 231-234

Although I discharged my professional debts at the outset of this book, I would like to close by expressing my personal thanks. Going back many years, I acknowledge the German Academic Exchange Service (or DAAD) for funding a year of study abroad at the Free University of West Berlin in 1988 and 1989. ...

Notes

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pp. 235-306

Bibliography

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pp. 307-336

Index

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pp. 337-350