This book is used at Vanderbilt University, 14th best university nationally, to teach modern German history to its students.
With regard to the unification of the two Germanies, the author writes in the book, “As far as the major powers of the Second World War were concerned, the formula of ‘Two plus Four’ was agreed at a meeting of NATO and Warsaw Pact foreign ministers in Ottawa on 13 February 1990. After the East German election, the (freely elected) governments of the two Germanies WOULD meet to formulate their plans. There WOULD then be a wider conference of the four former wartime allies – USSR, USA, Britain and France – to approve these plans (and to relinquish their rights in Berlin), plans which WOULD finally be confirmed by a broader group of the nations involved in the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) later in the year. A major problem at the international level related to the issue of future security arrangements. While Western powers were intent on a united Germany remaining in NATO, with the possible concession that no NATO troops should be stationed on what was formerly East German soil, the Soviet position was that a united Germany should be neutral. The Warsaw Pact was in any case changing in nature [?] … , and it was clear that in a fundamentally changed world system there WOULD need to be fundamental rethinking of European security arrangements.…
… the vote of 18 March 1990 was a decisive one in favour of rapid unification and the introduction of the West German Deutschmark under conservative auspices. … The masses, who for decades had suffered in passivity or retreated into their private niches of ‘grumbling and making do’, finally had their hour; and once again, the dissident intellectuals found themselves isolated. From the point of view of those who had led the peaceful revolution in the autumn, this was a deflection indeed from the vision of democratic socialism which had given them the courage … to risk their lives on the streets. The ‘Third Way’, once again in German history, APPEARED in this moment of historical transformation to represent, not so much a ‘missed opportunity’ as an unattainable mirage. The logic of the capitalist economy – in an ironic vindication of the materialistic determination of history – APPEARED to be having the last word.”
Practically all assertions in the above excerpt are suspended in the irreality by WOULD, APPEARED and vague terms and formulations, which at no point touches the ground level of truth of the real process of the unification of the two Germanies, rendering it to be vacuous garbage with which elite American university students are stuffed and brainwashed and charged millions of dollars. The entire process of unification was done over the heads of the German people who had human aspirations for their future, and which the author, adding insult to injury, calls an unattainable mirage.