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Yet Another Failed German Revolution? The German Democratic Republic 1989–90

  • Jonathan Osmond
Part of the Themes in Focus book series (TIF)

Abstract

In early 1989 Germany comprised two republics and a battered, divided former capital, part of which was a western enclave deep in the heart of the German Democratic Republic. Large contingents of American, British, French and Soviet troops were quartered in Berlin and also throughout the territories of the two states. The GDR was headed by the 76-year-old General Secretary Erich Honecker of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), who had been at the top for nearly 18 years. His counterpart in the Federal Republic of Germany was Chancellor Helmut Kohl of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a man of 58 who had then been in office for over six years but had, dare one say it, bigger aspirations.

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Federal Republic German Democratic Republic Wilful Ignorance Politburo Member Democratic Revolution 
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Notes and References

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