By Bill Niven
A concise advent to the method which ended in the department of Germany in 1949, and its unification in 1990, this e-book additionally explores the industrial, social and cultural divisions among and east and west, which nonetheless exist in post-unification Germany. Dividing and Uniting Germany covers all very important facets of the topic together with: the function of the allies within the post-war department of the rustic the combination of West and East Germany into their respective blocs the issues of integrating east and west after 1990 Germany's Nazi and socialist prior.
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On the other hand, the fact that the British had plans for land reform, industrial reorganization and a planned economy seems to contradict the notion that developments in the Soviet zone must of necessity be classi®ed as a socialist-Stalinist revolution. The formation of the United Front in the summer of 1947 did not prevent individual parties from standing for local elections on separate platforms. Until October 1946, a multi-party situation prevailed in elections within the ®ve LaÈnder of the Soviet zone.
Close cooperation and personal overlap also existed between the state apparatus, the apparatus of the mass organizations and the SED party organization. There was therefore a high concentration of power within the SED. Concomitantly, the state apparatus followed the SED's lead as the executive arm of the party's policies. The SED was not just a party within the state, the state itself was part of the party. According to the constitution, the multi-party system had as its aim the integration of the dynamics of the people.
The German people in the Western zones no more than rubber-stamped developments when they went to the ballot boxes for the election of the West German Bundestag and rati®cation of the Basic Law in August 1949. On the other hand, the Western Allies had all the time paid lip-service to the German `national will'. The British Deputy Military Governor, Sir Brian Robertson, said in October 1946: It is clear that a ®nal answer to the future structure of Germany cannot be given until the country is united, until full agreement on the matter has been reached between the Allies and until the German people themselves are able to express their national will.