Politics, Culture, and Economics: Reassessing the West German Guest Worker Agreement with Yugoslavia

  title={Politics, Culture, and Economics: Reassessing the West German Guest Worker Agreement with Yugoslavia},
  author={Kaja Shonick},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={719 - 736}
  • Kaja Shonick
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary History
In 1968 the Federal Republic of Germany signed a guest worker agreement with Yugoslavia. Within the existing historiography, this agreement has largely been described in economic terms as resulting from the economic miracle. This article complicates that perspective by arguing that in fact political and cultural rather than economic priorities were responsible for the successful conclusion of the agreement between the FRG and Yugoslavia. Specifically, it argues that in his capacity as the FRG’s… Expand
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