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Interpretations Of The Two Germanies, 1945-1990

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The two Germanies, arising from the unpromising ashes of defeated Nazi Germany, came to represent opposing models of state and society. The Federal Republic established itself as a remarkably stable democracy and successful social market economy; the German Democratic Republic developed an apparently exemplary form of "actually existing socialism" and became a pillar of the Soviet bloc. Then in 1989, the "gentle revolution" in East Germany added a new twist with the collapse of Communist rule. With rapid ...

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Overview

The two Germanies, arising from the unpromising ashes of defeated Nazi Germany, came to represent opposing models of state and society. The Federal Republic established itself as a remarkably stable democracy and successful social market economy; the German Democratic Republic developed an apparently exemplary form of "actually existing socialism" and became a pillar of the Soviet bloc. Then in 1989, the "gentle revolution" in East Germany added a new twist with the collapse of Communist rule. With rapid reunification, the united Germany of 1990 faced new challenges as the unprecedented transformation created a multitude of economic problems and social tensions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312231903
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Studies in European History
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 119
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Fulbrook is Professor of History at University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Historical Development
• Politics
• Economy and Society
• Patterns of Culture
• The End of the Two Germanies
• Conclusion

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