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Interpretations of the Two Germanies, 1945-1990 (Studies in European History)

 
 
 
 
Interpretations of the Two Germanies, 1945-1990 (Studies in European History)
Author: Mary Fulbrook
ISBN 13: 9780312231903
ISBN 10: 312231903
Edition: 2
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2000-10-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 119
List Price: $44.95
 
 

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.