Soviet Foreign Policy Towards East Germany

  • Achilleas Megas

Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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    Pages 1-16
  3. Achilleas Megas
    Pages 17-33
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    Pages 35-58
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    Pages 59-84
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    Pages 85-114
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    Pages 115-144
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    Pages 163-189
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    Pages 191-204
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-213

About this book


This book examines Soviet Foreign Policy towards East Germany in the late 1980s. By focusing on the complex interaction between domestic political thought and developments in the international system, the author illustrates the hierarchical relationship between the GDR and the USSR and offers different perspectives for understanding Soviet foreign policy. The books demonstrates that shifts in Soviet policy towards the GDR stemmed, on the one hand, from the international level, in that Soviet security was legitimated by the existence of two full-fledged German states, and, on the other, may be best explained in terms of ideas and Gorbachev’s new political philosophy.​ 


Domestic Politics East Germany Foreign Policy International Relations Leadership Soviet Foreign Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Achilleas Megas
    • 1
  1. 1.Neo Heraklion AthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20000-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20001-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7289
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7297
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