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Trading Power: West Germany's Rise to Global Influence, 1963-1975

William Glenn Gray

Trading Power traces the successes and failures of a generation of German political leaders as the Bonn Republic emerged as a substantial force in European, Atlantic, and world affairs. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, West Germans relinquished many trappings of hard power, most notably nuclear weapons, and learned to leverage their economic power instead. Obsessed with stability and growth, Bonn governments battled inflation in ways that enhanced the international position of the Deutsche Mark while upending the international monetary system. Germany's remarkable export achievements exerted a strong hold on the Soviet bloc, forming the basis for a new Ostpolitik under Willy Brandt. Through much trial and error, the Federal Republic learned how to find a balance among key Western allies, and in the mid-1970s Helmut Schmidt ensured Germany's centrality to institutions such as the European Council and the G-7 - the newly emergent leadership structures of the West.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: May 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.03in - 1.50lb
  • EAN: 9781108440752
  • Categories: Europe - GeneralInternational Relations - General

About the Author

Gray, William Glenn: - William Glenn Gray is Associate Professor of History at Purdue University. He is the author of Germany's Cold War: The Global Campaign to Isolate East Germany, 1949-1969 (2003). In 2015, he was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies.

Praise for this book

'Trading Power is the single best and most complete analysis of West Germany's rise to dominance in cold war Europe. Based on extraordinarily in-depth research, Gray skillfully and clearly tells the story of the diplomatic, political, and economic development of German power within the European community, the Atlantic alliance, and the international system. This history is essential to understanding Germany's significance in shaping the liberal world order and its changing position in today's Europe. It is a must-read for policymakers and students alike. A real triumph!' Thomas A. Schwartz, author of Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography