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At the end of the Second World War, some 12 million German refugees and expellees fled or were expelled from their homelands in Eastern and Central Europe into what remained of the former Reich. The task of integrating these dispossessed refugees and expellees in post-war Germany was one of the most daunting challenges facing the Allied occupying authorities after 1945.

The first study in English of the economic, social and political integration of the German refugees and expellees in post-war Germany, this book is based on extensive research in German archives and also incorporates the findings of numerous local and regional studies undertaken by German scholars. While its main focus is on the German Federal Republic, the book also provides coverage of the refugee problem in the German Democratic Republic.

This accessible book on a key aspect of post-war German history will be of particular interest to undergraduates of history, politics and German.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of plates
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi--xii
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  1. List of abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 1. The origins of the refugee problem
  2. pp. 8-17
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  1. 2. The influx of refugees into Germany and its problems, 1945–50
  2. pp. 18-57
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  1. 3. Relations between the refugee and native populations, 1945–50
  2. pp. 58-93
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  1. 4. Refugees and political parties, 1945–50
  2. pp. 99-138
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  1. 5. The integration of the refugees into (West) Germany after 1950
  2. pp. 139-176
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  1. 6. The issue of political radicalisation
  2. pp. 177-196
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  1. 7. Refugees in the Soviet Occupation Zone/German Democratic Republic
  2. pp. 197-233
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 234-238
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  1. References
  2. pp. 239-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-266
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 94-98
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