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Germany 1989 : in the aftermath of the Cold War

Author: Lothar Kettenacker
Publisher: Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson Longman, 2009.
Series: Turning points (Longman (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In autumn 1989 the world watched transfixed as East German citizens, demonstrating under the banner 'We are the people", staged the only successful, totally peaceful revolution in German history. By October 1990, the process of reunification was formally concluded, bringing together a nation that had been divided for almost four decades. Now, nearly twenty years later, it is possible to judge the causes and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kettenacker, Lothar.
Germany 1989.
Harlow, England ; New York : Pearson Longman, 2009
(OCoLC)621342225
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lothar Kettenacker
ISBN: 9780582418974 0582418976
OCLC Number: 297149514
Description: xvi, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Division through zoning --
Cold War confrontation --
Ostpolitik : putting the East at ease --
A precarious relationship --
The people's revolution --
The diplomatic process --
The expensive takeover business --
The long hangover --
A crisis of identity --
Attempts at explanation.
Series Title: Turning points (Longman (Firm))
Responsibility: Lothar Kettenacker.

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In autumn 1989 the world watched transfixed as East German citizens, demonstrating under the banner 'We are the people", staged the only successful, totally peaceful revolution in German history. By October 1990, the process of reunification was formally concluded, bringing together a nation that had been divided for almost four decades. Now, nearly twenty years later, it is possible to judge the causes and consequences of the revolution more clearly. Was the fall of the Berlin Wall an unexpected fluke, or was it the result of a long process of engagement between East and West? And did the momentous events of 1989 really signal the start of a bright new future for a united Germany? In this probing and wide-ranging account, Lothar Kettenacker considers the background behind the division of Germany and explains how the Berlin Wall and its 'death-trap' border proved to be the most horrendous manifestation of East-West antagonism. He also looks beyond 1990 to show how the confusion caused by the sudden collapse of the GDR and the fusion of two radically different economies is proving to be a challenge that will preoccupy Germany for generations to come.

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