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Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970–1990

Kristina Spohr and David Reynolds


In 1989–90 the map of Europe was transformed peacefully—without a war, unlike other great ruptures of the international order such as 1815, 1870, 1918, and 1945. What role did international summitry play in the dénouement of the Cold War? So far scholars have focused on long-term systemic factors, Gorbachev’s reform agenda, or the impact in 1989 of ‘people power’. This major multinational study, based on archives from both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’, adopts a novel perspective by exploring the contribution of international statecraft to the dissolution of Europe’s bipolar order. This is done ... More

Keywords: summits, Cold War, statecraft, diplomacy, culture, arms control, German question, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198727507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina Spohr, editor
Associate Professor in International History, London School of Economics

David Reynolds, editor
Professor of International History, Cambridge University

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Kristina Spohr, and David Reynolds

I Thawing the Cold War

1 Erfurt and Kassel, 1970

Benedikt Schoenborn and Gottfried Niedhart

2 Beijing, 1972

Yafeng Xia and Chris Tudda

3 Moscow, 1972

James Cameron

II Living with the Cold War

4 Helsinki, 1975

Michael Cotey Morgan and Daniel Sargent

5 Bonn, Guadeloupe, and Vienna, 1978–9

Kristina Spohr and David Reynolds

III Transcending the Cold War

7 Beijing and Malta, 1989

Jeffrey A. Engel and Sergey Radchenko

8 The Caucasus, 1990

Kristina Spohr

IV Conclusions