Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 1-10
  3. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 11-28
  4. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 29-46
  5. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 47-64
  6. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 65-76
  7. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 77-88
  8. Mary Fulbrook
    Pages 89-96
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 97-114

About this book


The two Germanies, arising from the unpromising ashes of defeated Nazi Germany, came to represent opposing models of state and society. The Federal Republic established itself as a remarkably stable democracy and successful social market economy: the German Democratic Republic developed an apparently exemplary form of 'actually existing socialism' and became a pillar of the Soviet bloc. Then in 1989, the 'gentle revolution' in East Germany added a new twist with the collapse of Communist rule. With rapid reunification, the united Germany of 1990 faced new challenges as the unprecedented transformation created a multitude of economic problems and social tensions.
Previously published in 1992 as The Two Germanies, this book has been fully revised and updated to take account of all the latest developments in contemporary German history.


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About the authors

MARY FULBROOK is Professor of German History at University College London.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interpretations of the Two Germanies
  • Authors Mary Fulbrook
  • Editors Roy Porter
  • Series Title Studies in European History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-66579-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-1937-3
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages V, 128
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Germany and Central Europe
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