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1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe
Mary Elise Sarotte. Princeton Univ., $29.95
(336p) ISBN 978-0-691-14306-4
The fall of the Berlin Wall might have brought forth a radically changed geopolitical landscape, but instead yielded a redux of the cold war status quo, according to this incisive history of German reunification. USC international relations professor Sarotte (Dealing with the Devil) spotlights West German chancellor Helmut Kohl as the key figure, the man who seized the moment to annex East Germany while others dithered. Through adroit, sometimes misleading diplomacy and offers of aid to the collapsing Soviet economy, Kohl …