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After the Expulsion: West Germany and Eastern Europe 1945-1990

Pertti Ahonen


This book connects two central problems encountered by the Federal Republic of Germany prior to reunification in 1990, both of them rooted in the Second World War. Domestically, the country had to integrate eight million expellees forced out of their homes in Central and Eastern Europe as a result of the lost war. Externally, it had to reestablish relations with Eastern Europe, despite the burdens of the Nazi past, the expulsions, and the ongoing East–West struggle during the Cold War. This book shows how the long-term consequences of the expellee problem significantly hindered West German eff ... More

Keywords: reunification, World War II, Nazi, Cold War, expulsions, expellee problem, West Germany, East Germany, Ostpolitik

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199259892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pertti Ahonen, author
Lecturer in Modern History, University of Sheffield
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