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States of Division: Border and Boundary Formation in Cold War Rural Germany

Sagi Schaefer


The book analyses the division of Germany, showing it to be a multi-faceted process, which progressed unevenly and was only completed after three decades. The book examines the processes of border formation as social processes of interaction between state agencies and local and regional communities along the emerging East–West divide. This analysis demonstrates that along with the crucial context of the Cold War, multiple historical and social frameworks are required to decipher division and explain how and where it took place and struck root. Dividing a modern, integrated society along a 1,00 ... More

Keywords: Cold War, Borders, Postwar Germany, East Germany, West Germany, Agriculture, State Formation, German division, German unification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sagi Schaefer, author
Assistant Professor, History Department, Tel Aviv University