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How did German unification affect existing sentences for criminal convicts?

Thanks to some hints provided in the comments to my original post here, I have been able to locate some sources that answer my questions, at least on a high level: Beginning in 1989, even before the ...
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Who voted against German reunification, and why?

There never was a "reunification". Officially it was an "entry of the five new federal states into the the scope (reach?) of the German Basic Law", although the treaty accomplishing that was called ...
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What East German laws and regulations were extended to the West after unification?

There were changes in the newly unified Germany which were clearly inspired by GDR practice, but which were not a direct application of GDR laws and regulations. Government-organized childcare for ...
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Was Mark Twain's book 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' banned in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany)?

No. It wasn't "banned". And, well, yes. It was an examplary piece of world literature. Not to be ignored. Indeed: Much well liked by the governmental censors. But the very word "censors&...
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How did Germany deal with the East German communist Government structure after unification?

Technically, West Germany (the FRG) did not annex East Germany (the GDR). Instead, the GDR declared their accession to the FRG. A treaty regulated the details. The GDR had a post-communist government ...
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Why was Germany unified in Versailles not Berlin?

The Constitution of the German Confederation (1871), that turned the North German Confederation and several South German states into the German Empire was enacted on January 1st, 1871. The ...
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What East German laws and regulations were extended to the West after unification?

Germany is still somewhat divided, legally, in the sense that the vast majority of local, communal and federal state level laws and regulations within the five new federal states continued to be ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

On the face of it, simply because the Treaty of Prague stipulated as much: Article IV His Majesty the Emperor of Austria recognises the dissolution of the present German Confederation and grants his ...
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Why did East Germany fail? And why did DDR need hard currency 1986-1989?

(Putting this as answer, because while not extremely detailed and scarcely sourced - which would be hard to do effectively - this was an event I was following at the time, living in Europe). I can't ...
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GDR citizens stood to be executed as they made their vain bids for western freedom

This is extremely "flowery" language. If it was translated from a German source, that didn't help, either. Germans in the GDR attempted to overthrow the Communist rule on June 17th, 1953. GDR police ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

There were two Hesses in 1866, Hesse-Cassel and Hesse-Darmstadt, the Grand Duchy of Hesse. Hesse-Cassel was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1866, along with the Kingdom of Hanover, to have a ...
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Why was Hesse south of the Main left out of the North German Confederation?

I'm not sure about southern Hesse specificially, but many of the states in southern Germany simply didn't want to join the new Confederation. The German history magazine "G — Geschichte" ...
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Annexation of the Kingdom of Hanover by Prussia

Hanover was just the "spoil of war" for being on the losing side of the Austro-Prussian_War. Early in the war, the Hanoverian army won a "Pyrrhic Victory" at Langensalz. This allowed it to be ...
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How can I understand the effect of the Sonderweg on the Revolution of 1848?

I would recommend these articles: http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249978.003.0006 https://www.jstor.org/stable/40108749?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents https://www.uio.no/...
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