To outside observers, the course of German reunification appeared to unfold quickly, possessed of an inevitable momentum spurred on by Soviet reforms and economic collapse. As this iMinds history points out, however, the reintegration of East and West German society was a gradual process, wrought with cultural readjustments and crises in manufacturing and unemployment. Storied television actor Hamish Hughes strikes an even clip as he delivers this overview of reunification, a joyous occasion nevertheless fraught with growing pains. With the stoicism of an experienced documentarian, Hughes provides a fluid presentation of significant developments in the unification process - from the opening of the Austro-Hungarian border to merging of the Deutschmark.
Learn about the process of German Reunification with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Reunification in Germany was a slow process. The country was divided between the communist East and the capitalist West from the end of World War Two in 1945 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. To understand how momentous a step reunification in Germany was, it is necessary to go back to the start of the division in 1945.
When World War Two ended, the four Allied powers of the US, Britain, France and the Soviet Union divided Germany between themselves. This was to share the load of helping a war-ravaged country rebuild itself. The US, Britain and France were given land in the west of Germany and the Soviet Union was given land in the east of Germany. Due to the influence of the occupying forces, over time West Germany developed into a capitalist state and East Germany developed into a communist state.
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