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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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The September Crisis

The September Crisis

(p.165) Chapter 8 The September Crisis
Berlin on the Brink

Daniel F. Harrington

University Press of Kentucky

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

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