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“The Danger Point is Berlin”

Daniel F. Harrington

in Berlin on the Brink

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813136134
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813136837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813136134.003.0004
“The Danger Point is Berlin”

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Chapter 3 carries events forward to the imposition of the Soviet blockade, June 24, 1948. It describes the so-called “baby blockade” of early April, the London program, and Soviet responses to it. The Western powers debated responses to Soviet pressure—diplomatic protests, sending armed convoys along the Berlin autobahn, evacuating dependents, and retaliation outside Germany—without decision. The US and Britain persisted with the London program, dismissing French warnings that the Soviets would retaliate in Berlin. To put the new West German government on a solid economic foundation, the Western powers introduced a new currency in their zones and then into Berlin; the Soviets responded by cutting the city’s supply lines from the West.

Keywords: Berlin blockade; currency reform; London program; Stalin

Chapter.  14290 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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