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West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands

Astrid M. Eckert


West Germany and the Iron Curtain takes a fresh look at the history of Cold War Germany and the German reunification process from the spatial perspective of the West German borderlands that emerged along the volatile inter-German border after 1945. These border regions constituted the Federal Republic’s most sensitive geographical space, in which it had to confront partition and engage its socialist neighbor, East Germany, in concrete ways. Each issue that arose in these borderlands—from economic deficiencies to border tourism, environmental pollution, landscape change, and the siting decision ... More

Keywords: Iron Curtain, inter-German border, Cold War Germany, West German history, German Democratic Republic, borders and ecology, transboundary pollution, nuclear waste, postwar German history, environmental history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190690052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190690052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Astrid M. Eckert, author
Associate Professor of History, Emory University