Germany, 1945-1990: A Parallel History

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"Germany 1945-1990: a Parallel History" offers a lively description and convincing interpretation of the most significant events, cruces and ongoing themes in German history from the end of the Second World War up to the present. The chronologies that accompany each chapter record the most important dates, facts and names occurring in the narrative, and Jurgen Weber's text supplies the reader with a combination of vivid descriptive history, easily absorbed chronology and a reliable reference work for the parallel lives of the two Germanies - a product of the Cold War. The author describes in a clear manner the history of Germany since 1945. The narrative begins with the period of the allied occupation and progresses through the diverse developments in East and West Germany up to the Federal Republic of today. The most important events of the last fifty years are placed in the context of international political developments. Each chapter of the book is accompanied by a chronology featuring the most significant dates and facts relating to the period it covers. The last chapter gives a summary of what happened after 1990 and on present and future political problems of German reunification.

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Jürgen Weber was born in 1944 and studied history, political science and Romance language and literature at the universities of Mainz and Strasbourg. He lectures at the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing. He has published numerous works on contemporary German history.

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"With hindsight it certainly seems apt to speak of the irony of history. At a time when the GDR, in the late 1980’s, had finally become accepted by a majority of the citizens of the Federal Republic as a second sovereign state in Germany, when senior SPD and SED politicians had just published a joint paper on "The Clash of Ideology and Mutual Security", when Head of State Honecker was being received by Chancellor Kohl with all the honours demanded by protocol, and finally when a leading German newspaper decided to change a policy of decades by dropping the depreciatory inverted commas round the name "DDR" and henceforth unequivocally accepting the name its rulers had chosen, at this very moment the SED regime actually stood on the verge of economic collapse. The end was near, but there was no one who would have bet on it."

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