Comparative politics



Unificationof countries can prove to be a challenge due to the variedopportunities for growth and resource endowment. Combination of theEast and West Germany in 1990 proved to be more of a burden than thepeople expected. This paper describes why the German unificationproved to be a challenge to the people than how they had expected.

TheGerman unification of the East and West Germany took place fortyyears after their division. However, the major challenge that hasexisted between the East and West Germany is that East Germany hadbeen inferior politically, socially, and politically and theunification was seen as a takeover of East by the West Germany. Theconstitution, political system, and social stratification weretransferred to the East Germany. Despite the unification, thesuperiority of the West Germans dominated over the East Germans,creating two different identities under one country. The creation oftwo identities in one country created disharmony among members ofboth sides since the West Germans saw that they had everything ascompared to the East Germans who were being considered inferior.

Insummary, German unification caused more challenges than it wasexpected. After the unification, the West Germans transferred theirsocial, political, and economic influence over the East Germans,creating different identities and absorbing them into their system. Since then, the East Germans have been always considered inferior andthe actions of the West Germans have continued to weaken theireconomic resources and structure. Therefore, German unification canbe considered to have created a country in bad shape than it wasexpected.


Leiby,R. A. (1999). Theunification of Germany, 1989 – 1990.Westport, Conn. [u.a.: Greenwood Press.