Contrasting Economic and Political Development of FRG and GDR c1950-70


1. Key Developments in both Germanys

In the GDR, this period saw the creation of highly disciplined socialist government controlled by the SED, and its full integration to the Western Bloc and USSR. The GDR did achieve some economic and social improvements. The GDR was generally seen as the most successful socialist state in the Eastern Bloc. By the late 1960's, it had higher living standards of living than any of the other neighbouring socialist states. By 1964, the USSR claimed that the GDR was one of the strongest states in Europe.

The FRG soon became a sound democracy with a robust economy that was envied by many other Western States. The GDR became the most successful Eastern Bloc state - in both in terms of economy and lack of widespread


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