Berlin in the Cold War, 1948-1990
Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Vol. VI
Edited by Keith Hamilton, Patrick Salmon, Stephen Robert Twigge
Routledge – 2009 – 128 pages
Series: Whitehall Histories
This volume consists of a book and fully searchable DVD containing a facsimile collection of diplomatic documents covering British reactions to critical developments regarding Berlin, its quadripartite administration, and role in the Cold War during the crises of 1948-49, 1959-61 and 1988-90.
These events were each set within very different international contexts, but four interrelated themes are nevertheless common to each of the three chapters of the volume: the British Government’s insistence, in conjunction with the Americans and the French, on upholding and safeguarding the rights of the four occupying powers in Berlin; British concerns with broader matters of military security in Western Europe as a whole and Germany in particular; the interaction of the four occupying powers with one another; and the questions raised by demographic change, especially population movements from east to west. All of the documents dealing with the events of 1989-90 fall within the UK’s 30-year rule and are therefore not yet in the public domain.
The hard copy volume accompanying the CD-ROM includes: Abbreviations List of persons Introductions and Summaries 1 Berlin Isolated, 1948- 49 2 Berlin Divided, 1959- 61 3 Berlin Reunited, 1988- 90. The CD-ROM contains a full list of documents, and 509 fully-searchable facsimile documents.
Keith Hamilton is a Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Senior Editor of Documents on British Policy Overseas.
Patrick Salmon is Chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Stephen Twigge is a Senior Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office