Economic Incentives, Ideas, and the End of the Cold War: Gorbachev and German Unification

@article{Forsberg2005EconomicII,
  title={Economic Incentives, Ideas, and the End of the Cold War: Gorbachev and German Unification},
  author={T. Forsberg},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  year={2005},
  volume={7},
  pages={142-164}
}
  • T. Forsberg
  • Published 2005
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
  • Focusing on Gorbachev and German unification, this article shows how the effectiveness of economic aid depends on ideas decision-makers hold about economics and identity. German economic statecraft worked in securing Gorbachev's support for German unification solely because of a specific set of ideas that animated Soviet decision-makers during that period. The weakness of the Soviet economy made economic assistance from Germany attractive, but Gorbachev did not bargain hard over the amount of… CONTINUE READING
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