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University of British Columbia
HIST 103
Jeffrey Byrne

Nurul Hanisah Kamarul Zaman Week 8 18499129 Détente:ARealization for Global Peace The period in the 1960s witnessed the conflicts of East-West Germany and West Germany with its eastern neighbor. The main reason for this conflict was due to the failure to achieve a mutual understanding with one another. The lack of cooperation between nations has a profound effect on the effort of achieving global peace as such it halted the progress of achieving détente. However, in the late 1960s, German leaders under the leadership of Willy Brandt and Bonn initiated aggressive efforts to ensure the success of global peace. The significance of their effort will be discussed at the end of this essay. Willy Brandt, West Germany’s Social Democratic Leader envisioned West Germany as a nation that is able to maintain good relationships with its counterparts and this includes the Soviet Union. Under his leadership, the progress towards détente was accelerated through his flexible fiscal policy. Flexibility in fiscal policy in this context refers to Brandt’s desire to pursue global peace “even if that mean renouncing the cherished goals of national unification and recovery of the lost territories” (Keylor 260). Together with Bonn’s effort to achieve global peace, the cooperation between European increases. The period of détente can be characterized by the increasing effort in key areas such as economy and the nations’efforts to reduce the size of military. In terms of economy, West Germany and the Communist bloc managed establish a bilateral agreement whereby this relationship will benefit them through possible channels such as trade relationship (Keylor 262). In relation to the actions of reducing the size of military, such a move was necessary as to facilitate the effort of global peace. In conclusion, the aggressive effort of Brandt and Bonn by the ability to be flexible has o
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