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The Foreign Policy of the GDR in Africa


Part of Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521122597

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  • In this 1990 book Gareth Winrow provides a comprehensive account in English of East German foreign policy towards Africa since the early 1950s. He challenges the view of the GDR's role in Africa as solely that of a proxy for the Soviet Union. Instead, as he convincingly argues, East German foreign policy in general, and in Africa in particular, should be understood as a strategy both for closer ties with the Soviet Union and for international recognition and legitimacy. The author explores the development of GDR relations with Africa and shows how they remain of particular significance as a means of discrediting the West German presence and supporting Soviet interests. The Foreign Policy of the GDR in Africa is based on an extensive use of official East German texts and statistics. It will be of interest to specialists and students of Soviet and East European studies, with special reference to the GDR, North–South relationships, superpower competition and the politics of development.

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521122597
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. Introduction
    2. The development of GDR relations with Africa in the pre-recognition period
    3. The GDR in Africa in the 1970s
    4. East German military/security involvement in Africa
    5. East German economic relations with Africa
    6. The GDR in Africa in the 1980s
    7. Conclusion
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Gareth M. Winrow

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