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West German School Systems for The New LÄnder

The reform of the educational system in the former GDR after the German reunification
  • Frank Den Hertog
  • Martin De Jong
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 74)

Abstract

While the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 had wide repercussions around the globe, the effects on Germany have been more pervasive. It was the beginning of a reunification process of the two previously united German states that were separated after World War II, and for which the term ‘family of nations’ seems to be an understatement. In spite of the forty years of separate state existence, and the fact that during those days the two Germanies represented competing political and economic ideologies, both states defined their inhabitants as (the better part of) the German nation. This makes the German project of reunification a unique case for the analyst of institutional transplantation. Fewer than a handful of other examples of divided nations can be given such, North and South Korea, China and Taiwan and perhaps Cyprus, with Turkey and Greece being the respective dominating nations (Taylor & Flint, 2000).

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  • Frank Den Hertog
  • Martin De Jong

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