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From Division to Unification

One of the most dramatic events of late-twentieth-century European politics was the unification of Germany in 1990. This proved a momentous capstone to a long and tortuous pattern of political development rooted in historical traditions of territorial fragmentation, political instability, and military aggression. Germany achieved artificial unity with the creation of the Imperial Reich in 1871, helped provoke World War I (1914–1918), and experienced revolutionary and counterrevolutionary upheavals during the formation of the ill-fated Weimar Republic (1918–1919). Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) and his National Socialist (Nazi) henchmen abolished democracy with the ruthless imposition of the totalitarian Third Reich in 1933 and immediately proceeded with plans to launch another Europe-wide war. They also instigated the arrest and execution of millions of Jews and other regime "outsiders." At the end of World War II (1939–1945) the wartime Allies—the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet Union—divided Germany...

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