Date of Thesis
The Unification of East and West Germany ended one of the Cold War’s longest divides, but only on paper. After decades under a unified German state, former East Germans face lower standards of living, economic opportunities, and access to national utilities compared to their Western counterparts. This inequality stems from the bifurcated German identity, which remains largely unaddressed amid German state ambitions for a central role in international institutions. The failure to properly acknowledge East German identity and the suppression thereof demonstrates the failure of Unification to unite the German nation. Political ambitions outweighed a true reconciliation of German nationhood, and differing histories and paths of identity undertaken by Easterners and Westerners created a divide only resolvable through intense state attention and support.
reunification, identity, Germany, 1990, Cold War, Berlin Wall
Bachelor of Arts
David Del Testa
Quinn, Harrison, "Zerschlagen: German Unification and Divided Identity" (2023). Honors Theses. 637.