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Konrad Adenauer: Defence Diplomat on the Backstage

Annette Messemer

in Cold War Statesmen Confront the Bomb

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294689
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601538 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294689.003.0011
 Konrad Adenauer: Defence Diplomat on the Backstage

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For Konrad Adenauer, post‐war international system centred around two revolutionary developments: the decline of Europe and the rise of the US and the Soviet Union to superpower status. For the survival of the ’European cultural supremacy’, Adenauer believed it was necessary to resist dependency on the US, and protect from a Soviet threat. Considering Germany's policy constraints on nuclear armament and its position as the possible nuclear battlefield in a military conflict between the US and the Soviet Union, Adenauer saw the solution in Western European unification as the only way to make West Germany an equal member of the post‐war international order.

Keywords: Konrad Adenauer; dependency; Europe; European integration; international order; NATO; nuclear weapons; Soviet Union; USA; West Germany

Chapter.  11787 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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