THE NUCLEAR CRISIS
The Arms Race, Cold War Anxiety, and the German Peace Movement of the 1980s
Edited by Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach, Martin Klimke, and Marianne Zepp
"The breadth and balance of this collection make it an excellent introduction to the strategic challenges and nuclear anxieties of the Second Cold War. In giving such detailed coverage of the 1980s, it represents a kind of milestone in the historicization of peace movements."
– William Glenn Gray, Purdue University
Hardback: 328 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books (Oct. 2016)
ABOUT THE VOLUME.
In 1983, more than one million Germans joined together to protest NATO’s deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe. International media overflowed with images of marches, rallies, and human chains as protesters blockaded depots and agitated for disarmament. Though they failed to halt the deployment, the episode was a decisive one for German society, revealing deep divisions in the nation’s political culture while continuing to mobilize activists.
This volume provides a comprehensive survey of the “Euromissiles” crisis as experienced by its various protagonists, analyzing NATO’s diplomatic and military maneuvering and tracing the political, cultural, and moral discourses that surrounded the missiles’ deployment in East and West Germany.
"With great conceptual clarity, the contributions to this volume offer innovative perspectives on the connections between international and domestic politics, the renegotiation of ‘peace’ in the political arena, and questions of collective agency. One of its great strengths is its multi-dimensional approach, integrating traditional methods of studying policy and diplomacy with an astute and precise analysis of media, protest actions, grass-roots activism, and the gendering of peace and protest."
– Benjamin Ziemann, Centre for Peace History, University of Sheffield
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Introduction: The Nuclear Crisis, NATO’s Double-Track Decision, and the Peace Movement of the 1980s: An Introduction
Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Martin Klimke, Wilfried Mausbach, and Marianne Zepp
Chapter 1. From Helsinki to Afghanistan:
The CSCE Process and the Beginning of the Second Cold War
Chapter 2. The NATO Double-Track Decision: Genesis and Implementation
Chapter 3. SS-20 and Pershing II: Weapon Systems and the Dynamization of East-West Relations
Chapter 4. NATO’s Double-Track Decision and East-West German Relations
Chapter 5.Political Parties
Chapter 6. Eco-Pacifism: The Environmental Movement as a Source for the Peace Movement
Silke Mende and Birgit Metzger
Chapter 7. Rationality of Fear: The Intellectual Foundations of the Peace Movement
Chapter 8. The Institutional Organization of the Peace Movement
Chapter 9. The Spaces and Places of the Peace Movement
Chapter 10. The Protagonists of the Peace Movement
Chapter 11. The Independent Peace Movement in East Germany
Chapter 12. Visual and Media Strategies of the Peace Movement
Kathrin Fahlenbrach and Laura Stapane
Chapter 13. The Churches
Sebastian Kalden and Jan Ole Wiechmann
Chapter 14. Trade Unions
Chapter 15. The Police
Chapter 16. “Men Build Rockets”: The Women's Peace Movement
Chapter 17. Civil Defense: Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario in Politics and Science
Chapter 18. Nuclear Doomsday Scenarios in Film, Literature, and Music
Chapter 19. A Triumph of Disarmament? The 1980s and the International Political System