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Prudence and Resolve

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/9780813136134.003.0005
Prudence and Resolve

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Initial Western deliberations, through mid-July, about how to respond to the blockade form the basis of Chapter 4. The British, led by Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, resolved to resist. French Prime Minister Robert Schuman came to the same conclusion, if more reluctantly. Yet both recognized the decision rested with Washington, and the Americans were slower to reach conclusions. If President Truman was determined to uphold the position in Berlin, he was equally determined to avoid war. The Western powers approached the Soviets, first locally, at the military governor level (US General Lucius Clay, UK General Sir Brian Robertson, and French General Pierre Koenig), then in a diplomatic note, which the Soviets rejected. Three weeks into the crisis, the West struggled to devise a clear long-term policy.

Keywords: Bevin; Clay; Robertson; Schuman; Truman

Chapter.  10222 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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