Mary Elise Sarotte: A Case Study in Democratization – US Foreign Policy and the End of the Division of Germany


In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2009. Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, S. 251–267

What was the role of US foreign policy after the collapse of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989? This essay examines the claim that the US dominated events at the end of 1989 and 1990 and looks, in particular, at whether it caused the democratization of eastern Germany. The evidence presented shows that the United States was in a more reactive role than previously thought and places the emphasis on the actions of local actors.

Über die Autorin

Mary Elise Sarotte, Ph.D., geb. 1968, Associate Professor an der School of International Relations der University of Southern California. Geschichtsstudium in Harvard und Yale, 1998 Promotion in Yale. 2001/2002 White House Fellow, anschließend Dozentin an der University of Cambridge. Mitglied des Council on Foreign Relations. Veröffentlichungen u. a.: Dealing with the Devil: East Germany, Detente, and Ostpolitik, Chapel Hill 2001; German Military Reform and European Security, Oxford–New York 2001. Essays und Rezensionen fur Time, Die Zeit und The Economist.