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After the wall : Eastern Germany since 1989 /
edited by Patricia J. Smith.
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.
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xvi, 350 p. : 1 map ; 24 cm.
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0813337739
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.
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0813337739
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4486471
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Smith (Univ. Of Washington-Seattle) has edited essays by 14 specialists on the problems of postreunification East Germany. The overall orientation is decidedly limited to East German perspectives, but within that framework the authors do represent a variety of viewpoints. They also set out clearly the psychological, social, and political gulf between East and West that developed following reunification. Outstanding essays include a detailed and very objective examination of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) by Jorg Roesler, a comprehensive and analytically superb analysis of the East German economy by Patricia Smith, and a brilliant study of German foreign policy by Kirk Verheyen. The essay writers largely ignore the incredible mess left by the communists at the collapse of the East German regime, the great sacrifices and political and economic costs experienced by West Germans in the rebuilding process, and the warnings of perceptive West Germans, especially Oskar Lafontaine, concerning the negative consequences of reunification. Nevertheless, this is a useful contribution to the growing body of literature on postreunification German politics. A recent work dealing with some of the issues covered in this book is Joyce Marie Mushaben's From Post-War to Post-Wall Generations (CH, Jul'98). Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. J. Mitchell; University of New Orleans
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"Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Germany has faced complex challenges. The rapid introduction of political, economic, and social union in 1990 joined East and West in an experiment"
Main Description
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Germany has faced complex challenges. The rapid introduction of political, economic, and social union in 1990 joined East and West in an experiment without precedent, as the former German Democratic Republic adopted the structures of the Federal Republic of Germany. Related issues include the adoption of a market economy, the opening of security police files, the role of the former Communist Party in the political system of the unified Federal Republic, and the incorporation of the East German military into that of the West.What has happened during the transition period? Focusing on the situation in eastern Germany today, almost eight years after unification, specialists from Germany, Great Britain, and the United States assess the institutional, social, and cultural changes that have occurred and speculate on prospects for the future. One of the few English-language books to concentrate on how unification has affected eastern Germany and East Germans, After the Wall: Eastern Germany Since 1989 addresses impacts on East German society, including elites, workers, and women. Discussion of institutional changes and the marginalization of East Germans recurs throughout the volume, along with a focus on concrete achievements and successes since unification. The section on politics and economics looks at changes in local government, the Communist Party, the radical right, and economic structures. Chapters in Part Two cover changes in political culture, religion, the media, and literature. In the final section, chapters assess the integration of the East German military into the military structures of the Federal Republic (and NATO) and analyze the foreign policy of a united Germany.
Main Description
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Germany has faced complex challenges. The rapid introduction of political, economic, and social union in 1990 joined East and West in an experiment without precedent, as the former German Democratic Republic adopted the structures of the Federal Republic of Germany. Related issues include the adoption of a market economy, the opening of security police files, the role of the former Communist Party in the political system of the unified Federal Republic, and the incorporation of the East German military into that of the West.What has happened during the transition period? Focusing on the situation in eastern Germany today, almost eight years after unification, specialists from Germany, Great Britain, and the United States assess the institutional, social, and cultural changes that have occurred and speculate on prospects for the future. One of the few English-language books to concentrate on how unification has affectedeasternGermany andEastGermans,After the Wall: Eastern Germany Since 1989addresses impacts on East German society, including elites, workers, and women. Discussion of institutional changes and the marginalization of East Germans recurs throughout the volume, along with a focus on concrete achievements and successes since unification. The section on politics and economics looks at changes in local government, the Communist Party, the radical right, and economic structures. Chapters in Part Two cover changes in political culture, religion, the media, and literature. In the final section, chapters assess the integration of the East German military into the military structures of the Federal Republic (and NATO) and analyze the foreign policy of a united Germany.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
About the Editor and Contributorsp. xiii
Map of the Federal Republic of Germanyp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Politics and Economics
Institutional Destruction and Reconstruction in Eastern Germanyp. 15
Local Government and Politics since the Wendep. 33
The Party of Democratic Socialism in the German Unification Process, 1989-1997p. 51
Xenophobia and Rightwing Extremism in Germany: The New Bundeslanderp. 75
The Shadow of the Stasip. 93
The Illusory Economic Miracle: Assessing Eastern Germany's Economic Transitionp. 109
Culture, Society, and Religion
Shock Therapy and Mental Walls: East Germany as a Model for Post-Communist Political Culture?p. 143
The Situation of Religion in Eastern Germany After 1989p. 161
Structure and Eigensinn: Transformation Processes and Continuities of East German Womenp. 183
Radio and Television in the East: A Continuing Odyssey of Changep. 203
Literature as Social Memory: On the Role of Literature in the New German Statesp. 235
Foreign Policy and Security
The German Soldier and National Unityp. 257
German Foreign Policy Between Tradition and Innovation: The Geopolitical Imperative of Scharnierpolitikp. 281
Epiloguep. 315
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. 331
Glossaryp. 333
Indexp. 335
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