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A Necessary Failure

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/9780813136134.003.0010
A Necessary Failure

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Diplomacy thus far had concentrated on re-creating four-power institutions and cooperation in Germany. Failure of this line was a necessary first step toward more stable arrangements—partition of Germany and Berlin on the basis of the status quo. Chapter 9 explores efforts to resolve the crisis along the old line, in the UN Security Council and a Technical Committee, through their collapse. The Americans wanted to abandon these efforts sooner than did the British and the French, subjecting Western unity to new strains. The chapter also examines the interplay of the blockade and the 1948 US presidential election, with special attention to Truman’s plan to send Chief Justice Frederick Vinson to Berlin for talks with Stalin.

Keywords: 1948 election; Security Council; Technical Committee; Truman; United Nations; Vinson mission

Chapter.  13524 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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