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The Final Act: The Helsinki Accords and the Transformation of the Cold War - America in the World 26 (Hardback)
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The Final Act: The Helsinki Accords and the Transformation of the Cold War - America in the World 26 (Hardback)

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Hardback 424 Pages / Published: 13/11/2018
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The first in-depth account of the historic diplomatic agreement that served as a blueprint for ending the Cold War The Helsinki Final Act was a watershed of the Cold War. Signed by thirty-five European and North American leaders at a summit in Finland in the summer of 1975, the agreement presented a vision for peace based on common principles and cooperation across the Iron Curtain. The Final Act is the first in-depth account of the diplomatic saga that produced this historic agreement. Drawing on research in eight countries and multiple languages, this gripping book explains the Final Act's emergence from the parallel crises of the Soviet bloc and the West during the 1960s, the strategies of the major players, and the conflicting designs for international order that animated the negotiations. Helsinki had originally been a Soviet idea. But after nearly three years of grinding negotiations, the Final Act reflected liberal democratic ideals more than communist ones. It rejected the Brezhnev Doctrine, provided for German reunification, endorsed human rights as a core principle of international security, committed countries to greater transparency in economic and military affairs, and promoted the freer movement of people and information across borders. Instead of restoring the legitimacy of the Soviet bloc, Helsinki established principles that undermined it. The definitive history of the origins and legacy of this important agreement, The Final Act shows how it served as a blueprint for ending the Cold War, and how, when that conflict finally came to a close, the great powers established a new international order based on Helsinki's enduring principles.

Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691176062
Number of pages: 424
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The Final Act offers by far the most comprehensive history of a critical turning point in modern international diplomacy."--Thomas Borstelmann, author of The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality
"The Final Act is a masterpiece. Michael Cotey Morgan tells a complex story with a novelist's attention to narrative and a historian's depth and scope. This will be, I am confident, the definitive work on the most important development in international relations of the postwar period."--Philip Bobbitt, author of The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History
"Michael Cotey Morgan's richly researched book reminds us that, in tense times when chances of improvement seem remote, sowing the seeds for long-term change is often the smartest strategy. The Final Act is a timely and essential book."--Mary Elise Sarotte, author of The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall
"This judicious and well-researched book is perhaps as exhaustive on the origins of the Final Act as the diplomatic negotiations that created it. Morgan's biggest surprise for readers is a story of why and how the Soviet bloc acted as halfhearted architect of a liberal-democratic European order. In a truly historical irony, the book provides a nostalgic contrast to the woes and divisions that this order is experiencing in our own day."--Vladislav M. Zubok, author of A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

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