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A History Shared and Divided: East and West Germany since the 1970s

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A History Shared and Divided

East and West Germany since the 1970s

Frank Bösch
Translated from the German by Jennifer Walcoff Neuheiser

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

ISBN  978-1-78533-925-7 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (September 2018)

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“…the range and rigour make this handbook a useful point of entry for specialists and students alike interested in understanding the transformation of Germany in the last half century.” • European History Quarterly


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 economic crises, social and cultural changes, protest movements, and other phenomena so diffuse that they could hardly be contained by the Iron Curtain. Accordingly, A History Shared and Divided offers a collective portrait of the two Germanies that is both broad and deep. It brings together comprehensive thematic surveys by specialists in social history, media, education, 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. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on political, social, and media history, including Mass Media and Historical Change: Germany in International Perspective, 1400 to the Present (English edition: Berghahn, 2015).

Subject: Postwar History
Area: Germany


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

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

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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