(5) - POL Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Germany Never again? -...

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POL Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Germany Never again? - downfall of the third reich, choose between “defeat” and “liberation” - Germany had 4 zones of occupation after WW2, Eastern zone (Soviet), Western Zone (British, Americans, French) - in the middle of the soviet zone was Berlin, but it itself is divided into 4 zones: Soviet (East Berlin), and American, British, French zone (West Berlin) Causes Communist answer to where nazism: capitalism, nazism is a crisis of capitalism where the capitalists realize there is crisis and they throw their support behind extreme nationalism to prevent a working class revolution - to prevent nazism, they get rid of capitalism, West’s answer: Nazis and institutional context - what causes nazism, is nazis, and if you wish to prevent it from ever happening again, you need to prevent nazis from ±nding fertile soil - what is that soil? - they really concentrated on public education, civic virtue, removing nazis from public life (very liberalistic) - the west held trials - nazi leaders were sentenced to long periods in prison, or hung - in the East they did not have these trials - as the West Germans founded a new state in 1949, seperate from East Germany - Americas made them choose between a liberal democratic capitalist state and a parking lot Institutional Changes Federalism - very strong - local elections matter, and have an impact on national level politics - vote in local
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course POL 103Y1 taught by Professor Professorkopstein during the Fall '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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