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The Presentation of a Cold Warrior. Willy Brandt’s My Road to Berlin (1960)

  • My Road to Berlin, or Mein Weg nach Berlin, presents a Willy Brandt that confounds a present-day reader’s expectations. While the 1960 autobiography of the then-mayor of West Berlin links his career with the familiar story of democracy’s development in Germany, this work nevertheless retains an unexpected edge. In one surprising scene, the mayor denounces his East Berlin SED counterparts as a ›Communist foreign legion‹ whom ›the citizens of my city had decisively defeated‹ during the Second Berlin Crisis of 1958 (p. 17). In the book, Brandt comes off as a Cold Warrior of steely determination rather than a Brückenbauer bridging ideological divides. Far from being out of character, however, My Road to Berlin captures Brandt at a pivotal moment in his career, when he sought to offer himself to both West German voters and a global public as a viable alternative to Konrad Adenauer.

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Author:Scott H. Krause
URL:https://www.zeithistorische-forschungen.de/1-2017/id=5460
DOI:https://doi.org/10.14765/zzf.dok.4.768
Parent Title (German):Zeithistorische Forschungen - Studies in Contemporary History
Publisher:ZZF – Centre for Contemporary History: Zeithistorische Forschungen
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Journal Article
Language:German
Date of Publication (online):2017/03/29
Date of first Publication:2017/03/29
Release Date:2017/04/24
Volume Number:14
Issue:1
First Page:163
Last Page:170
ZZF Chronological-Classification:20. Jahrhundert
1950er
1960er
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa
Europa / Westeuropa
Europa / Westeuropa / Deutschland
Amerika
Amerika / Nordamerika
Amerika / Nordamerika / USA
Europa / Westeuropa / Deutschland / Bundesrepublik
regional übergreifend
ZZF Topic-Classification:Politik
Medien
Literatur
Kalter Krieg
Transnationale Geschichte
Amerikanisierung
Biographie
Eliten
Geistes- und Ideengeschichte
Geschichtspolitik
Internationale Beziehungen
Parteien
Verflechtung
Vergangenheitspolitik
Westernisierung
Zeithistorische Forschungen: Originalbeiträge:1 / 2017 Offenes Heft
Portal:Zeithistorische Forschungen
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz