German Unity

Dr. Stefan Bollinger

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
Domestic Policy and System Comparison

Ihnestr. 22, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Discontinued “peaceful revolution” in the GDR 1989/90
  • General orientation, changes, the rise and collapse of socialism in the 20th century
  • History and politics of the GDR and problems in achieving German unification
  • History of Eastern Europe in 1917 and 1944/45 to 1990/91

Dr. Ute Schmidt
Privatdozent

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Forschungsverbund SED-Staat (Research Association on the SED State)

Koserstraße 21, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History of the CDU in West and East (Germany)
  • Exodus and expulsion at the end of World War II
  • Displacement, forced migration, and deportation in the 20th century

Dr. Klaus Schroeder
Professor of Political Science

Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
Forschungsverbund SED-Staat (Research Association on the SED State)

Koserstr. 21, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • History of divided Germany, 1945-1990
  • Germany after reunification
  • Development of extremism in divided Germany and reunited Germany
  • Unification process
  • Transformation processes in East German companies
  • Germany after reunification
  • Similarities and differences between the Germans in East and West
  • Failure of reunification policy and future prospects of Germany after the election
  • Changes in the political landscape after reunification
  • NPD and PDS / Die Linke (political parties)
  • Right and left wings in the SPD

Dr. Jochen Staadt

Forschungsverbund SED-Staat (Research Association on the SED State)

Koserstr. 21, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Intra-German relations
  • Student movement
  • Generational conflict in the 1960s
  • Western policy of the SED (Socialist Unity Party of the GDR)
  • German-German history, 1960-1989
  • German reunification
  • State Security of East Germany (Stasi) and the consequences
  • GDR border regime and deaths at the inner-German border