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For questions regarding the unification of most Central European German-speaking states into a single country during the 19th century, as well as the unification of East and West Germany in 1990.

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How culturally different were the small German states within the late HRE? [closed]

I was reading online about the formation of the German Empire and encountered the phrases: At [the time the HRE came to an end] German identity only existed in a somewhat basic and symbolic form. ...
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Why did East Germany fail? And why did DDR need hard currency 1986-1989?

Sometime back I saw Deutschland 83 then Deutschland 86 and finally Deutschland 89. The sad part is even though you see the series, you don't really understand why did East Germany fail? Why exactly ...
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How was the East German local bureaucracy consolidated after unification?

Related: How did Germany deal with the East German communist Government structure after unification? The question I linked above has a great answer for the general picture, but I am more interested in ...
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How did German unification affect existing sentences for criminal convicts?

The German reunification of 1990 was legally the annexation of West Berlin (a separately administered occupied territory) and East Germany (the German Democratic Republic, or GDR) by West Germany (the ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

When the North German Confederation was founded after the Austro-Prussian war, it included all German states north of the Main, including the part of Hesse that was north of the Main. However the ...
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Was Mark Twain's book 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' banned in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany)?

I am currently studying the film Barbara directed by Christian Petzold for my undergraduate dissertation. This film is based in the former German Democratic Republic=GDR (East Germany). The ...
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How can I understand the effect of the Sonderweg on the Revolution of 1848?

I'm trying to understand the effect that the German 'Sonderweg' had on the Revolution of 1848 in Germany. Are there authoritative/canonical references that would help? PS: Since I also speak German ...
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Who voted against German reunification, and why?

The reunification of Germany in 1990 was effected by a treaty between the governments of East and West Germany (the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, respectively). The ...
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How did Germany deal with the East German communist Government structure after unification?

When West Germany annexed East Germany, what happened with the Government structure in the East? For example, were the police, judiciary system and executive branch in the East simply renamed, created ...
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Determining the importance of Helmut Kohl's role in the German Reunification

A week ago, former German chancellor Helmut Kohl died. Now some of the orbituaries in common newspapers pick up again the debate on what Kohl's role was in the German Reunification, during which he ...
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GDR citizens stood to be executed as they made their vain bids for western freedom [closed]

Does "western freedom" in the following context mean "to free up the western Germany" or "freedom in the style of western countries"? Which historical event is it referring to when it says "GDR ...
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What East German laws and regulations were extended to the West after unification?

Legally speaking, the reunification of Germany in 1990 was not a merger of two equal states resulting in a new country. Rather, it is better characterized as the absorption of the German Democratic ...
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Annexation of the Kingdom of Hanover by Prussia

The Kingdom of Hanover existed from its creation after the Congress of Vienna in 1814 (being a duchy and electorate within the HRE prior) until its annexation by Prussia after it lost the German-...
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Why was Germany unified in Versailles not Berlin?

Why did Wilhelm I (or Bismarck) decide to perform official Germany unification in France? In my opinion, if the ceremonial was to honour the Prussian king and be a tribute or allegiance to him, it ...
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What was the practical reason for East Germany to reunify with West Germany? [closed]

Why did the East German government decide that they should join the West? Was it their economical decline, political turmoil or anything else?
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How was Germany's border decided?

What is the timeline of events that led to Germany's current geographic shape? For example: 1871: German Empire formed 1919: Weimar Republic formed
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What was the significance of the Schleswig-Holstein question in the 19th century?

As the title states, what was the specific significance of the Schleswig-Holstein question (Denmark and the German Confederation arguing over contested lands) as it directly relates to German ...
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