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The End of the Cold War?

Bush, Kohl, Gorbachev, and the Reunification of Germany

  • Authors

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: The Historian as a Detective

    1. Alexander von Plato
      Pages 1-3
  3. Documents and Remembrances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Alexander von Plato
      Pages 7-19
    3. Alexander von Plato
      Pages 21-31
    4. Alexander von Plato
      Pages 221-253
    5. Alexander von Plato
      Pages 313-325
    6. Alexander von Plato
      Pages 327-343
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 345-439

About this book


This carefully researched history draws on archival sources as well as a wealth of new interviews with on-the-ground activists, political actors, international figures, and others to move beyond the narratives both the German and American varieties that have dominated the historical memory of German reunification.


Germany history Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

About the authors

Alexander von Plato was founder and director of the Institute for History and Biography of the University of Hagen, guest professor in Vienna and Winnipeg, recipient of the Diefenbaker Award 2012)

Bibliographic information


“The End of the Cold War is both a serious academic study and a lively and engaging read; it offers the fascinating perspectives of those who drove, and were sometimes driven by, this chaotic series of events. In general, von Plato’s considerable skills as influential and productive oral historian are evident here, along with his passion to understand better this landmark event in the recent history of his German home.” (Stephen Sloan, The Oral History Review, 2017)