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  German reunification information - Search.com
German reunification (Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called "East Germany") were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, in English commonly called "West Germany").
There is debate as to whether the events of 1990 should be properly referred to as a "reunification" or a "unification." Proponents of the former use the term in contrast with the initial unification of Germany in 1871.
By the mid-1980s, the prospect of German reunification was widely regarded within both East and West Germany as a distant hope, unattainable as long as Communist governments ruled Eastern Europe.
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  German reunification - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
German reunification (Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) took place on October 3, 1990, when the areas of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, in English commonly called "East Germany") were incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, in English commonly called "West Germany").
There is debate as to whether the events of 1990 should be properly referred to as a "reunification" or a "unification." Proponents of the former use the term in contrast with the initial unification of Germany in 1871.
By the mid-1980s, the prospect of German reunification was widely regarded within both East and West Germany as a distant hope, unattainable as long as Communist governments ruled Eastern Europe.
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 Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ethnogenesis of the Germanic tribes is assumed to have occurred during the Pre-Roman Iron Age in southern Scandinavia and northern Germany, from the first century BC expanding south, east and west, coming into contact with Celtic tribes of Gaul and Iranian, Baltic and Slavic tribes in Eastern Europe.
German territory was occupied and annexed by Poland and the Soviet Union, and this reduced Germany's land territory drastically.
Since reunification Germany has resumed its role as a major centre between Scandinavia in the north and the Mediterranean region in the south, as well as between the Atlantic west and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
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The West German government under Konrad Adenauer favored closer integration with western Europe and asked that the reunification be with the provision that there be internationally elections throughout Germany.
By the mid- 1980s the prospect of German reunification was regarded within both Germanies as a distant unattainable as long as communists ruled Eastern Europe.
The cost of reunification has been a burden to the German economy and has contributed to Germany's inability to be the locomotive of the European that she was in the past.
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 ipedia.com: German reunification Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The old capital of Berlin, although in the eastern zone, was itself subdivided into four occupation zones, and as relationships cooled the western portion of the city was surrounded by the Berlin Wall in 1961.
The first proposal for German reunification was advanced by the Russians in 1952 under terms similar to those adopted for Austria.
The cost of reunification has been a heavy burden to the German economy, and has contributed to Germany's inability today to be the locomotive of the European economy that she was in the past.
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 Problems with German Reunification
Reunification advocates ignored the post-War lesson that the western parts of Germany were not rebuilt by means of tax-money but by hard work in a relatively free economy.
For the most part, the German government instead sends billions of Deutschmarks to the former GDR and promises wealth without hard work, since hard work is so unpopular.
Reunification promised to bring "social freedom" by ignoring the crimes of former Socialist party leaders: In the "Entnazifizierung" following World War II, thousands of Nazi criminals were brought to American and, later, German law courts.
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 Marlis Dürkop: German reunification and opportunities for reform
The East German universities themselves served as poor examples for future reform: they had strictly limited access to higher education, were restricted by a dual-structure of scholars and political party, and had severed the international ties of their students and professors.
The strong bond of university community members to their university was a very important experience for me. Today we have to strive to strengthen the so-called 'corporate identity' of the university- to maintain commitments to the university and to help establish this commitment among the new members from the West.
Another positive factor was the discovery, beyond the muddle of politics, of the tradition of the German university in the original Humboldtian sense and in the place of its conception.
www.hochschuldebatten.de /papduerk.htm   (2472 words)

 Germany Info: Culture & Life: History: German Unification
Implicit in the agreement on currency union and the concurrent plans for merging the economic and social welfare systems of the two German states was the understanding that Bonn would shoulder much of the financial burden of closing the economic gap between unified Germany's eastern and western states.
This trend was confirmed in a recent survey of the group within German society most likely to have doubts about unification: voters who regularly cast their ballots for the Party of Democratic Socialism.
Both eastern and western German public figures have encouraged the continuation of the annual Jugendweihe ceremonies, arguing that in their post-unification form they provide an opportunity to remind young people of the responsibilities they will be taking on as citizens in a democratic society.
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 West Germany article - West Germany Germany 1949 1990 German reunification Germany German capitalist - What-Means.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
West Germany was the informal but universally used name for the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 until 1990, during which years the Federal Republic did not yet include the eastern part of Germany.
Since the German reunification of 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany is informally called simply Germany.
The Federal Republic of Germany or FRG (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland or BRD) is a capitalist federal parliamentary democracy.
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 Korea: Division, Reunification, and U.S. Foreign Policy by Martin Hart-Landsberg | Excerpt
German reunification was driven by the rapid economic and political collapse of East Germany and achieved through the incorporation of the East into the West German system.
The response of the West German negotiator was as follows: "This is the accession of the GDR to the FRG and not the reverse.
German reunification officially took place on October 3 and it was achieved by the absorption of the East by the West.
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Rau was a member of the All-German People's Party, which was known for proposing German reunification, from 1952 until it was disbanded in 1957.
During German reunification in 1990, the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was revived, and is now one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Before German reunification on 3 October 1990, the German Democratic Republic was policed by the Volkspolizei.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/G/German-reunification.htm   (250 words)

 German Reunification   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This could be seen in the demonstrations where former E. German flags (Gold, red, and fl with an East German symbol in the middle) were altered by cutting out the GDR insignia and leaving only the gold, red, and fl, the colors of West Germany.
East Germans seem to be turning more often to the Social Democrats or the Greens, less and less to the Christian Democrats of Helmut Kohl, the declining Free Democrats, or the PDS.
By the summer of 1990, the East German economy was in a shambles.
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 Ten years after German reunification: a balance sheet
Reunification also initiated a downturn in the west and led to an ever deepening gulf between the rich and the poor.
Richard Hauser no longer speaks of the “two-thirds society” (the conventional view of German society as consisting of two-thirds of the population who are well-off), but rather of the “four-fifths society” (the realisation that the nation now consists of four-fifths who are not well-off).
Ten years after reunification it is more evident than ever that Germany is a class society in which the overwhelming majority of the population is becoming poorer and poorer, while a small minority is becoming fantastically rich.
www.wsws.org /articles/2000/aug2000/germ-a09.shtml   (2065 words)

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Thus, I was especially pleased that, in his lecture, Professor Clemens chose to continue his analysis of one major aspect of the story for some of the years after the Christian Democrats had become the senior partner in the government coalition and to address the question of the party's Deutschland- politik from 1985 to 1989.
First, recognition by the German Historical Institute itself is very flattering, for this organization has rapidly become a major center for the promotion of scholarship, as well as mutual understanding between the Federal Republic and the United States.
"Reunification and Western integration, Deutschlandpolitik and European policy," he declared, "are different sides of the same coin." Toward the end of his speech, Kohl warned: "We should avoid the assumption that resolution of the German question can be predetermined with a script and schedule in hand.
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 German Unity Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), October 3, is a national holiday in Germany celebrating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990.
Before reunification, in Western Germany the "Day of German Unity" was June 17; this was a somewhat propagandistic interpretation of a failed 1953 revolt staged by East German workers mainly against a raise in work quotas.
The revolt was crushed with Soviet aid; the exact number of fatalities is unknown, but estimated at somewhat above 100.
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 "What America Can Do About the German Question, Which Again Haunts Europe"
For decades Germans and Western observers alike have said that the question of German reunification would not be resolved in their lifetimes.
The Federal Republics constitution claimed that Germans living in the East were entitled to West German citizenship and as it said in the preamble, that The entire German people are called upon to achieve in free self-determination the unity and freedom of Germany.2 Germanys division has taken two different directions in the post-war period.
The specific aims of U.S. policy on German reunification should be to reduce as much as possible Soviet military presence in East Germany, to 14Treaty Between the Federal Republic o f Germany and Poland Concerning the Basis for Normalizing Their Mutual Relations, signed at Warsaw, December 7,1970, in Documents on Germany, op.
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 Presidential Libraries - German Reunification Day Anniversary
President Bush and German Ambassador Juergen Ruhfus at German Reunification ceremony at the White House.
This exhibit highlights three distinct periods in U.S.-German relations and is linked to Germany's reunification.
The exhibit was displayed on Monday, October 3, 2005, when the National Archives celebrated the 15th Anniversary of German Reunification with a special event highlighting the importance of U.S.-German relations.
www.archives.gov /presidential-libraries/events/german-reunification/exhibit.html   (296 words)

 10 Years of German Reunification
We think the German reunification was a good thing for the German population because a divided nation got together after a long time.
And we think that is the best thing that could happen to the Germans after a very hard time of rebuilding a country and a time of pressure and control.
We think the German Reunification has been a good thing for the German population because a divided nation got together after a long time.
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The German politicians reject the American opinion that the Bush administration gave the starting signal for reunification in May 1989 when Bush demanded a new European and German policy in a speech given in Germany.
Therefore German politicians and the Chancellor explain their policy for a rapid reunification by the fact that the enemies of Gorbachev were against reunification.
Sixth point: the Lithuanian and the German questions The existence of a Lithuanian independence movement since December 1989 alerted Gorbachev and the whole Soviet leadership to the danger of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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PREREQUISITES: German 220 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.
TERM PROJECT: All students enrolled in German 440 are expected to select one aspect of German Reunification, research it, and write a term paper.
The project/paper should be written in German and must be presented to the class during the semester.
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 German reunification will prevent future militancy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Talk of reunification abounds and Germany's neighbors in East and West shudder at the thought of a revitalized and potentially aggressive giant in Central Europe.
Germany today is one of the most profoundly non-militaristic countries anywhere in the world, and the reunification that appears to lie in the near future is likely to be very different from the consolidation that produced Bismarck's united Germany.
Another difference between Bismarck's united Germany and the German states on the eve of reunification today is noteworthy: During the last quarter of the 19th century, Germany's population grew rapidly, fueling expansionist fires and lending immediacy to the push for new Lebensraum in the east during the Nazi era.
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 The fall of the wall
A retrospective spanning the 163 days from the German Democratic Republic's 40th birthday to the first free elections to the People's Chamber.
The expansive German language internet site, with over 2000 pages covering background information, documents and chat rooms, is without doubt the most comprehensive archive on the fall of the Berlin Wall available on the internet.
Wolfgang Thierse, in autumn 1989 a civil rights activist and member of the New Forum, today president of the German National Assembly (Bundestag), has called for a "unification of memories." Germans, both in the east and the west, should overcome their divided past through increased awareness of their common history.
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 German Reunification: Ten Years Together
To have a better understanding of what actually happened in 1990, one should take a brief trip back into German history, and wind the clock about half a century ago...
As most East Germans had relatives and friends in the western part, they saw the striking difference in the streets, in the stores, in the houses, and it was natural that they also wanted to live like their well-to-do relatives.
It was in late 1950s that the mass exodus of East Germans to West Germany began.
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 German courses in Germany, German language courses Germany
Germany wears its riches well: elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer are all there for the savouring.
Germany's reunification in 1990 was the beginning of yet another chapter in its complex history.
The cultural, social and economic divide formed over 40 years of separation will take some time to bridge; nevertheless, the integration of the two Germanys is proceeding apace.
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 CNN.com - Huge crowds celebrate German unity - October 3, 2000
Yet despite the turnout of senior political figures, the man who personified reunification, Helmut Kohl, was absent from the ceremonies.
Tens of thousands of people spilled on to the streets of the city, which was destroyed by bombing in World War II but is now capital of one of the east's most dynamic regions, Saxony.
After 10 years, east and west Germans are still surprised to find they are different peoples in many respects.
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