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After The Berlin Wall: Putting Two Germanys Back Together Again

Christopher Hilton



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01 November 2019
History; European history; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Social & cultural history
On 7 May 1945, Grand Admiral Donitz, named in Hitler's will as head of state, authorised the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies on the following day. World War II in Europe was at an end. But many of the German people would continue to endure hardships, as both the country and the capital were to be divided between France, the UK and the USA in the west and the USSR in the east. East and West Germany, and East and West Berlin, would remain divided until 1989. By October 1990, however, the two countries were reunited, and the Berlin Reichstag was once again the seat of government. Here, politicians would put East and West back together again, marrying a totalitarian, atheist, communist system with a democratic, Christian, capitalist one. How did this marriage affect the everyday life of ordinary Germans? How did combining two telephone systems, two postal services, hospitals, farm land, property, industry, railways and roads work? How were women's rights, welfare, pensions, trades unions, arts, rents and housing affected? There had been no warning of this marriage and no preparation for it - and no country had ever tried putting two completely opposite systems together before. This is the story of what happened, in the words of the people it happened to - the people's story of an incredible unification. AUTHOR: Christopher Hilton is a writer and journalist. He is the author of Mayflower: The Voyage that Changed the World, The Wall: The People's Story, and The Women's War: Voices from September 11.
By:   Christopher Hilton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780750992138
ISBN 10:   0750992131
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

CHRISTOPHER HILTON was a journalist on the Daily Express and Sunday Express for many years before becoming a full-time author in 1990. He first visited Berlin in 1970 and became fascinated with it; his account of the divided city was published as The Wall: The People's Story in 2001.

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