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Germany Since World War II: From Occupation to Unification and Beyond

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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the most important domestic and external aspects of contemporary Germany. Drawing on recent research and newly available evidence of the post-Cold War era, Klaus Larres provides an accessible, integrated account of the two Germanies from 1949 through to unification and beyond.

About the Author

Klaus Larres is lecturer in Politics at Queen's University, Belfast. His publications include Germany Since Unification (Palgrave, 2000) and The Cold War (Blackwell, 2001).

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Introduction: The End of Hitler, the Victory of the Allied Powers, and the Establishment of two German States (1945-49)

I. Major Themes in German Post-war History

1. Western and Eastern Integration

2. Economic Miracle

3. Federalism and Party Politics

4. The Role of the Chancellor in the Federal Republic

5. European Integration and Transatlantic Relations

6. Ostpolitik and Intra-German Relations

7. Unification and the Role of the GDR in German history since 1945

8. The Shape of the Berlin Republic and Germany's post-Cold War Role

II. Germany During the Cold War Period

9. Re-integration: West Germany under Konrad Adenauer, 1949-1955

10. Interdependence and Cold War Complexities: The Slow End of the Adenauer Era, 1955-1963

11. The Search for Recognition: Walter Ulbricht's GDR, 1949-1963

12. Ever increasing Difficulties: The End of the Economic Miracle and the Emancipation of the West Germans under Ludwig Erhard, 1963-66

13. New Departures: West Germany's Grand Coalition, 1966-69

14. Stability and Economic Recovery: Ulbricht's GDR, 1963-1971

III. The Era of Detente and Co-operation

15. New Self-Confidence: Willy Brandt and the Era of Ostpolitik, 1969-1974

16. Crisis Management: The Reign of Helmut Schmidt, 1974-82

17. Respectability and Economic Downturn: Honecker's GDR, 1971-1989

18. Economic Difficulties and New Patriotism: Helmut Kohl's First Years in Office, 1982-89

IV. Germany and the post-Cold War World

19. German Unification, 1989/90

20. After Unification: Helmut Kohl's Germany, 1991-98

21. From Bonn to Berlin: the Schröder Government



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Oxford University Press, USA
World - General
Larres, Klaus
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History, World | European | Germany
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