The reunification of Germany is one of the most remarkable political events in modern history. The division of Germany was at the heart of the Cold War and a reunified Germany was in many ways a threat to the post-war status quo - both European and Global.
What was US policy during this crucial time? Was it perhaps the finest moment of the Bush Administration. The author leaves a detailed timeline that indicates German reunification was in many ways a monument to American statecraft.
"German Reunification as a Monument to American Statecraft"
-The reunification of Germany within a still relevant NATO alliance was one of the crowning achievements of the Bush Presidency
November 1989 (fall of Berlin Wall) - October 1990 (formal unification)
May 1989 - Hungary opens border with Austria, mass migration. Erich Honecker resigns. By Xmas, Bulgaria, CZ, Romania all ditch Communist regimes.
Fall of the wall (Nov 1989) - Bush administration shows restraint and neither embarrasses Gorbachev through gloating nor gives stern warnings that would have provoked hard-liners in Moscow prompting a crack-down. Keeping Gorbachev in power was crucial for continued reform and preventing either an aggressive or destabilized USSR.
Malta Summit and Brussels Speech
December 1989 - only days after Kohl's "Ten Point Plan." No formal agreements, but renewed momentum to arms/trade issues and reassurances given concerning intentions of each side toward the changing face of Europe.
Brussels NATO Council - ...