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Berlin on the Brink – The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War

Daniel Harrington


No place symbolizes the Cold War more than Berlin. This book examines the “Berlin question” from its origin in wartime plans for the occupation of Germany through the Paris Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in 1949. Tracing the blockade’s origins, it explains why British and American planners during the Second World War neglected Western access to postwar Berlin and why Western officials did little to reduce Berlin’s vulnerability as Cold War tensions increased. Standard accounts mistakenly emphasize an early decision to rely on an airlift to defeat the blockade. Leaders did not sit down, w ... More

Keywords: Berlin Blockade, Berlin Airlift, Cold War, Council of Foreign Ministers, occupation of Germany, Soviet Union, United Nations, Western powers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813136134
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813136134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Harrington, author