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Week 20: 1989, Reunification and the Berlin Republic

Celebrating the "Day of German Unity" (October 3, 1990)

Seminar Questions:

  • Was the collapse of the GDR a result of inherent flaws in the East German system?
  • What role did international factors play in bringing down the GDR?
  • What does Germany and being German mean to the post-1989 generation?

Reading List:

Required Reading:

Further Reading:

The Collapse of the GDR and Reunification:

  • Gareth Dale, The East German Revolution of 1989 (Manchester University Press, 2006)
  • Steven Pfaff, Exit-voice dynamics and the collapse of East Germany : the crisis of Leninism and the revolution of 1989 (Duke University Press, 2006)
  • Alexander von Plato, The end of the Cold War?: Bush, Kohl, Gorbachev, and the reunification of Germany (Palgrave, 2015)
  • Mary Elise Sarotte, The collapse : the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall (Basic Books, 2014)

Society and Identity in the Berlin Republic: