By Bill Niven
A concise advent to the method which resulted in the department of Germany in 1949, and its unification in 1990, this publication additionally explores the commercial, social and cultural divisions among and east and west, which nonetheless exist in post-unification Germany. Dividing and Uniting Germany covers all very important points of the topic together with: the position of the allies within the post-war department of the rustic the mixing of West and East Germany into their respective blocs the issues of integrating east and west after 1990 Germany's Nazi and socialist earlier.
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E. neutrality for Germany. The three Western powers turned this proposal down ¯at, arguing that a united Germany should be free to enter any treaty with whomsoever it desired (see Steininger 1983: Vol. 2, Chap. 16). Adenauer's own response to Stalin's peace treaty proposals was delivered to the parliamentary executive committee of the CDU/ CSU on 25 March. It demonstrated not only his commitment to the Western `policy of strength' but, even more importantly, his lack of interest at the time in negotiations on the question of German unity.
But Adenauer and the Western powers chose not to take up The two German states: realities and images 37 Molotov's offer. Adenauer declared that one could deal with the Soviet proposals just as well after the rati®cation of the Paris Treaties, which of course were to seal the ®nal division of Germany. He told Ollenhauer, the leader of the SPD, which was against the Treaties, that he was prepared to negotiate on everything which the Soviet Union had said about the German question in the last days and weeks ± either before or after rati®cation (Bodensieck 1972: 60).
He can neither appoint nor dismiss the Chancellor anymore. The Chancellor's position in the Basic Law is much stronger than that of the Weimar Constitution. In two recent studies, it was even suggested that the idea of a referendum on the formation of the separate Federal Republic of Germany and the idea of a constitution based on the sovereign will of the people were deliberately sacri®ced because of the Cold War situation (see Niclauû 1992 and Jung 1992). In respect of the continuation of the political classes, it has to be said that the civil service, responsible for the administration of the whole country, was not radically transformed, despite denazi®cation.
Dividing and Uniting Germany (The Making of the Contemporary World) by Bill Niven