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Divided History: East and West Germany since the 1970s

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Divided History

East and West Germany since the 1970s

Frank Bösch

Translated from the German by Jennifer Walcoff Neuheiser

690 pages, 2 figures, 8 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-925-7 $190.00/£135.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2018)

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By and large, the histories of East and West Germany have been studied in relative isolation. And yet, for all their differences, the historical trajectories of both nations were interrelated in complex ways, shaped by oil shocks, technological advances, protest movements, and other phenomena so diffuse that they could hardly be contained by the Berlin Wall. Accordingly, Divided History offers a collective portrait of the two Germanies that is both broad and deep. It brings together comprehensive thematic surveys by specialists in politics, media, the environment, and similar topics to assemble a monumental account of both nations from the crises of the 1970s to—and beyond—the reunification era.

Frank Bösch is Director of the Center for Contemporary History Research and Professor of German and European History of the 20th Century at the University of Potsdam. His publications include Mass Media and Historical Change: Germany in International Perspective, 1400 to the Present (English edition: Berghahn, 2015).

Subject: Postwar History
Area: Germany



Introduction: Divided and Connected: Perspectives on German History since the 1970s
Frank Bösch

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Political Transformations in East and West
Frank Bösch and Jens Gieseke

Chapter 2. Economic Crises, Structural Change, and International Entanglements
Ralf Ahrens and André Steiner

Chapter 3. Entangled Ecologies: Outlines of a Green History of Two or More Germanys
Frank Uekötter

Chapter 4. Social Security, Social Inequality, and the Welfare State in East and West Germany
Winfried Süß

Chapter 5. Rationalization, Automation, and Digitalization: Transformations in Work
Rüdiger Hachtmann

Chapter 6. The Individualization of Everyday Life: Consumption, Domestic Culture, and Family Structures
Christopher Neumaier and Andreas Ludwig

Chapter 7. Paths to Digital Modernity: Computerization as Social Change
Jürgen Danyel and Annette Schuhmann

Chapter 8. Educational Rivalries: The Transition from a German-German Contest to an International Competition
Emmanuel Droit and Wilfried Rudloff

Chapter 9. Mobility and Migration in Divided Germany
Maren Möhring

Chapter 10. Sports and Society in the Rivalry between East and West
Jutta Braun

Chapter 11. Bridge over Troubled Water? Mass Media in Divided Germany
Frank Bösch and Christoph Classen

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