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After The Berlin Wall
After The Berlin Wall

After The Berlin Wall

Putting Two Germanys Back Together Again

HISTORY

320 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (CA $30.95) (US $22.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9780750992138

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Mar 2020)

Price: $22.95
 
 

Overview

The story of two decades of a unique human experience: putting the East and West Germany back together again

On May 7, 1945, Grand Admiral Donitz, named in Hitler's will as head of state, authorized 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 Biography

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.