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Germany since 1945 (Opus S)

Germany since 1945 (Opus S)
Author: Lothar Kettenacker
ISBN 13: 9780192892423
ISBN 10: 192892428
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1997-07-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $45.95

Defeat and unconditional surrender were the foundations on which postwar Germany was built. The overall impact, however, was not apathy, but a mentality which was down to earth, pragmatic, and forward-looking. Crucial structures survived which contributed to West Germany's phenomenal recovery, while the East was forced to submit to a ruthless Soviet leadership. Kettenacker's book offers a fascinating survey of the fortunes and features of East and West Germany—how the two states drifted apart; the differences between their economies, politics, and cultures; and the problems and events surrounding their recent unification.