This book is an international collaborative effort based on personal and professional witness by American and German social scientists to German unification as both process and outcome. It assesses some of the problems facing a united Germany.
Introduction Part One: Background and Impetus 1. The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the GDR: Evolution, Revolution, and Diffusion 2. West German Policy Toward East Germany: A Motor of Unification? Part Two: Process and Outcomes 3. Delegitimation of the Old Regime: Reforming and Transforming Ideas in the Last Years of the GDR 4. Steps Toward Union: The Collapse of the GDR and the Unification of Germany 5. Exiting the GDR: Political Movements and Parties Between Democratization and Westernization 6. Parties and Problems of Governance During Unification 7. An Unwelcome Enlargement? The European Community and German Unification Part Three: Consequences and Problematics 8. An Impossible Dream? Privatizing Collective Property in Eastern Germany 9. Social Policy at a Crossroads 10. Economic and Political Performance: Patterns and Prospects 11. German Security Policy in Post-Yalta Europe 12. Germany in Transition: The Challenge of Coping with Unification 13. Conclusion: Beyond Unification