Cold War Identities: Citizenship, Constitutional Reform, and International Law between East and West Germany, 1967–75

  title={Cold War Identities: Citizenship, Constitutional Reform, and International Law between East and West Germany, 1967–75},
  author={Sebastian Gehrig},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={794 - 814}
  • S. Gehrig
  • Published 27 August 2014
  • History, Law
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Law became an important battleground in the Cold War between the two Germanys. In striving for international legitimacy, West Germany clung to ideas of legal continuity to the German Reich while the GDR bolstered the concept of an anti-fascist new beginning as its legal foundation. As national division continued, citizenship law became a tool for both German states in challenging the other Germany's authority over its respective citizenry. By the late 1960s, the GDR devised a citizenship law… 
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