№ 2, 2005
The author attempts to solve the problem of how the population of separate lands managed to create a unified nation in a comparatively short period of time. By no means idealizing the methods of nation building used by the Emperor Wilhelm and Counselor Bismarck, A.Filitov notes the gentleness and delicacy in center’s treatment of the periphery, and transformation of the second German Reich into a federation. In the article this process is contrasted, namely, to the model of unification of FRG and GDR, when the matter was reduced to the latter’s inclusion into the Western German state. Once state unity was established, new difficulties appeared in strengthening the national unity. The author is inclined to agree with the point that this very unity suffered greater damage than that of the years of separate existence of the two German states.
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