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Unformatted text preview: primary issues is whether Germany would be united or divided, and then which superpower would it be allied with. This is an issue of relative gains. A united Germany would give the advantage to one side and represent a loss for the other as such, the Soviets and Americans balanced power by splitting Germany. Germany was divided into West Germany, which was quickly included into the Western system, while East Germany was absorbed into the Soviet sphere of influence. A divided Berlin became a flash point in the expanding Cold War....
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- Fall '11