Germany-Then and Now
A look back at the reunification of East Germany with West Germany and what obstacles had to be overcome in order to achieve reunification.
# 89545 | 2,475 words | 7 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in International Relations (Non-U.S.) , History (European - 20th Century) , European Studies (Collapse of the Soviet Empire) , European Studies (Post-Soviet Period, 1990 on) , Political Science (General)
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The unification of former East Germany and former West Germany back into the singular Germany as it was prior to World War II in 1989 is commonly cited as a text book scenario of healing ideological and economic divisions between rival states. It also is quoted often as model of reunification for North and South Korea to follow in their eventual reunification as well. Yet, how difficult was the execution of the reunification of East and West Germany? This paper presents a brief examination of each countries' economy prior to reunification, as it reveals much regarding the hurdles that had to be overcome regarding the recombination of German society within the framework of a homogeneous political and economic paradigm.
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