A shared environment: German-German relations along the border, 1945-1972

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/317065
Title:
A shared environment: German-German relations along the border, 1945-1972
Authors:
Grady, Tim
Abstract:
The division of Germany into two militarised blocs during the Cold War fundamentally shaped the lives of people living in both East and West. Yet, as recent scholarship has increasingly highlighted, there were also numerous areas of contact and interaction, whether in the cultural, political or social sphere. One largely overlooked aspect of these Cold War relations, which this article explores, is the environment. Focusing on the history of the shared German environment from the end of the Second World War through until the early 1970s, the article argues that on a local level, environmental problems helped to ensure the survival of cross-border relations. Despite their repeated efforts, the two states failed to divide the German landscape in half. Rivers, lakes and forests continually crossed the fortified border, while animals and plant life traversed from one side to the other too. In attempting to maintain this shared border landscape, both East and West Germans were repeatedly forced into dialogue. Although relations gradually faded as the border regime was strengthened, it proved impossible for either side to escape fully the entangled German environment.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Accepted for publication in Journal of Contemporary History
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Journal of Contemporary History
Publication Date:
20-Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/317065
DOI:
0022009414564803
Additional Links:
http://jch.sagepub.com/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is the author's PDF post-print of an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary History . The definitive version is available at http://jch.sagepub.com/
ISSN:
0022-0094
EISSN:
1461-7250
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorGrady, Timen
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-16T16:34:03Zen
dc.date.available2014-05-16T16:34:03Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03-20en
dc.identifier.citationAccepted for publication in Journal of Contemporary Historyen
dc.identifier.issn0022-0094en
dc.identifier.doi0022009414564803en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/317065en
dc.descriptionThis is the author's PDF post-print of an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary History . The definitive version is available at http://jch.sagepub.com/en
dc.description.abstractThe division of Germany into two militarised blocs during the Cold War fundamentally shaped the lives of people living in both East and West. Yet, as recent scholarship has increasingly highlighted, there were also numerous areas of contact and interaction, whether in the cultural, political or social sphere. One largely overlooked aspect of these Cold War relations, which this article explores, is the environment. Focusing on the history of the shared German environment from the end of the Second World War through until the early 1970s, the article argues that on a local level, environmental problems helped to ensure the survival of cross-border relations. Despite their repeated efforts, the two states failed to divide the German landscape in half. Rivers, lakes and forests continually crossed the fortified border, while animals and plant life traversed from one side to the other too. In attempting to maintain this shared border landscape, both East and West Germans were repeatedly forced into dialogue. Although relations gradually faded as the border regime was strengthened, it proved impossible for either side to escape fully the entangled German environment.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jch.sagepub.com/en
dc.subjectBerlin Wallen
dc.subjectCold Waren
dc.subjectEast Germanyen
dc.subjectenvironmentalismen
dc.subjectGerman Federal Republicen
dc.titleA shared environment: German-German relations along the border, 1945-1972en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1461-7250en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Contemporary Historyen
dc.description.release20-03-2015en
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