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The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order

Kristina Spohr


Helmut Schmidt is the neglected chancellor of modern German history, overshadowed by ‘the greats’—Bismarck, Adenauer, Brandt, and Kohl. This book retrieves Schmidt’s true significance as a pivotal figure who helped reshape the global order during the crisis-ridden 1970s. This major reinterpretation, based on detailed research in Schmidt’s private papers and numerous archives in Europe and America, reveals him as a leader equally skilled in economics and security and adept at personal diplomacy, who dared to act as a ‘double interpreter’ between the superpowers during the nadir of the Cold War. ... More

Keywords: Helmut Schmidt, West Germany, Cold War, détente, Henry Kissinger, globalization, world economy, arms control, United States, Soviet Union, China, NATO, Weltpolitik

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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