Introduction ; 1. DMarkation: The Division of German Economy and the Emergence of the Inter-German Border 1945-1952 ; 2. Bounding the Land: Border Formation and Land Ownership, 1952-3 ; 3. The Boundaries of Exclusive Representation: The Inter-German Cold War and Division ; 4. For Land or Country? Frontier Land and Division, 1952-1969 ; 5. Divide and Rule: the Openly Negotiated Border and its Demise ; Conclusion ; Bibliography ; Index
Sagi Schaefer grew up in Israel, where he also studied for his first and second degrees. He completed his doctoral dissertation at Columbia University in 2011 under the supervision of professor Volker R. Berghahn. Since 2012, he has been teaching modern European history at Tel Aviv University.
Schaefer's work is a rigorous, well-conceived, thoughtful, and convincing historical analysis based on impressive extensive archival work done at eighteen repositories. This book will be especially useful for scholars of postwar German history, the Cold War, or border studies. * H-Net * one of the major strengths of Schaefer's book is to withstand the many temptations of hindsight and to explore the history of division as an enrolling social process, tied to political conflict. In his wonderful book Schaefer adds a new layer to the history of divided Germany by looking at what is at first sight a marginal region ... it is to be hoped that his inclusion of social and political history in one microstudy of national relevance breaks the ground for many similar studies to follow. * Frank Wolff, History * a scrupulous account of the things lost to the border's cementing as well as of the main gain on the states' behalf: security and political stability. * Yuliya Komska, H-Soz-u-Kult * Sagi Schaefer's book is a major contribution to historical scholarship. ... Sagi Schaefer has convincingly demonstrated that borders are constructed and superseded by human actions, even under restrictive conditions. * Arnd Bauerkamper, German Historical Institute London Bulletin *