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BOOK REVIEW Europe After Stalin Eisenhowers Three Decisions of March 11 1953 WW Rostow University of Texas Press Austin 1982 The death of Josef Stalin in 1953 had a dramatic impact on international affairs With his death came a number of possibilities for peace in Europe and the reunification of Germany This book examines Cold War policy and the position that President Dwight Eisenhower took on the issue of Stalins death It is the third book in a series entitled Ideas and Actions written about events in European affairs dating from 1944 to 1953 The authors thesis argues that with the death of Stalin President Eisenhower had an outside opportunity to ease the Cold War with the Soviet Union help in the reunification of Germany and put an honorable end to the war being fought in Korea by the United States At the time of publication W W Rostow was the Rex G Baker Jr Professor of Political Economy at the University of Texas at Austin Rostow was also called Walt Whitman hence the two Ws Rostow uses a wide variety of sources Many of his sources are primary sources such as presidential speeches official CIA letters and memorandums to various government departments The primary sources were used to give a first hand account of what politicians were actually doing at the time of Stalins death The information was used to get a better understanding of the policies that were enacted and the opportunities Eisenhower and his administration had with the death of Stalin Secondary sources were also implemented in the writing of this book Rostow uses a good selection of books written on United States foreign policy communism the rise of Stalin and dynamics of Soviet society The appendixes in the back of the book give very good primary source information to better inform the reader of the many occurring situations Four main points discussed in the
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