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Berlin on the BrinkThe Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War$
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Daniel Harrington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136134

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136134.001.0001

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Prudence and Resolve

Prudence and Resolve

(p.77) Chapter 4 Prudence and Resolve
Berlin on the Brink

Daniel F. Harrington

University Press of Kentucky

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

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