The September Crisis

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:
The September Crisis

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September brought intensified crisis, not agreement, to Berlin, as traced in Chapter 8. The Soviet military governor, Marshal Sokolovsky, dashed Western hopes by exploiting ambiguities in Stalin’s promises during the Moscow discussions and destroying the military governors’ talks. Local Communists put intense pressure on the pro-Western city government, the Magistrat. Britain and France resisted American efforts to refer the dispute to the United Nations, fearing inevitable failure there would lead to war. They acquiesced after officials in Moscow upheld Sokolovsky’s stance, but the situation put intense strain on leaders in all three Western capitals. Truman faced new calls for a decision whether to use atomic bombs if war broke out.

Keywords: atomic bomb; Berlin Magistrat; Sokolovsky; Truman; United Nations

Chapter.  9838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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