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1952 Stalin note debate myth or missed opportunity for German unification? by Ruud van Dijk

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Published by Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C .
Written in English


  • German reunification question (1949-1990),
  • Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- Germany.,
  • Germany -- Foreign relations -- Soviety Union.

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StatementRuud van Dijk.
SeriesWorking paper/Cold War International History Project -- no. 14, Working paper (Cold War International History Project) -- no. 14
ContributionsCold War International History Project.
The Physical Object
Pagination38 p.
Number of Pages38
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL20769143M

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