After the first quarter century of development since the overthrow of Communism and the reunification of East and West Germany, how does one draw up a balance sheet? How can one assess the transfer of political institutions, the economic crises, the difficulties of women’s adjustment? There were substantial developments but also significant failures. Many of the international moves of the Berlin Republic can only be understood on the basis of considering the difficult process of adjustment during and after unification. Konrad Jarausch explored this process and its effects in the last Washington History Seminar of the semester.
Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Senior Fellow of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany. His 40 books cover topics from the First World War to German unification and Germans after the Third Reich. He is now writing a history of European experiences in the twentieth century entitled “Taming Modernity.”
The Washington History Seminar meets at 4 p.m. on Mondays during the academic year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 13th and Pennsylvania, NW, in downtown Washington, DC (Federal Triangle stop on the Blue and Orange Metro lines). This session took place in the 4th floor conference room. Reservations, requested because of limited seating, are accepted beginning one week before the session at HAPP@wilsoncenter.org.