Announcement and CfP for the conference
“On the Path to Reunification – West and East Germany
in their Alliances from 1970 to 1990”
convened by the Military History Research Institute in Potsdam from 22 – 24 September 2010.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Germany’s reunification on 3 October 2010, the 51st International Conference for Military History focusses on the question which role changes in security and military policies played in the long run-up to the events of 1989 and 1990.
Confrontative behaviour patterns prevailed throughout the Cold War era of the 1950s, in themselves constituting an immanent risk factor in the nuclear age. Starting in the early 1970s, the period of détente – much furthered by West Germany’s own Ostpolitik – introduced a new dynamic to East-West relations, based on antagonistic cooperation and transformation. Within the context of the recent transatlantic historiographical discussions on the long-term developments leading up to 1989, the conference focusses on changes and events related to security politics and the German question.
The conference venue features panels
- on the change from the Cold War era to the détente period
- on Eastern and Western strategies and goals behind a more
- on the role and the room of maneouvre of both German
states within their alliances
- on the connection between external and domestic/societal
- on operative planning and the relevant perception of one
self and the other
- on the global role of both the FRG and the GDR.
The conference will finish with a public debate on the German question as a historical factor on the way to the watershed years of 1989 and 1990.
Paper/presentation proposals for any of the listed panels are welcome until 15 December 2009. Please attach a summary and cv, one page each. The proposals should be send to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The conference is open to everyone interested in the topic. Further information regarding location, (modest) conference fee, and program will be available in due course on the MGFA’s homepage (http://www.mgfa.de).
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