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

Hardcover | May 26, 2004

byPertti Ahonen

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This book breaks new ground by connecting two central problems faced 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 andEastern Europe as a result of the lost war. Externally, it had to re-establish relations with Eastern Europe, despite the burdens of the Nazi past, the expulsions, and the ongoing East-West struggle in the Cold War. This study shows how the long-term consequences of the expellee problemsignificantly hindered West German efforts to develop normal ties to the East European states. In particular, it emphasizes a point largely overlooked in the existing literature: the way in which the political integration of the expellees into the Federal Republic had unanticipated negativeconsequences for the country's Ostpolitik.

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This book breaks new ground by connecting two central problems faced 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 andEastern Europe as a result of the lost war. Exter...

Pertti Ahonen is a Lecturer in Modern History, University of Sheffield.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:May 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199259895

ISBN - 13:9780199259892

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Establishing the Pattern 1949-19551. From the Expulsions to the Rise of the Expellee Organizations2. The Programmes and Strategies of the Expellee Organizations3. The Responses and Policies of the Main Parties4. Adenauer's Foreign Policy and the ExpelleesPart II. the Pattern in Practice 1949-19665. Ostpolitik Options and Expellee Influence 1955-19596. Ostpolitik Options and Expellee Influence 1959-1966Part III. The Collapse of the Pattern 1966-19697. The Grand Coalition as the Turning-Point 1966-19698. From the New Ostpolitik to Reunification 1969-1970ConclusionBibliographyIndex