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The Soldier and the Changing StateBuilding Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas$
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Zoltan Barany

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691137681

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691137681.001.0001

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After (Re)Unification and Apartheid: Germany, South Africa, and Yemen

After (Re)Unification and Apartheid: Germany, South Africa, and Yemen

(p.303) Chapter 10 After (Re)Unification and Apartheid: Germany, South Africa, and Yemen
The Soldier and the Changing State

Zoltan Barany

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses three different but equally intriguing cases where two entities are brought together or brought together again. In that of Germany, the armed forces of the newly reunified state reflected the outcome of the Cold War: very little remained that could remind one of the former army of East Germany. In Yemen, North and South Yemen—two Cold War adversaries—fought against each other in brief wars before they became unified. South Africa is a unique case because its borders did not change though a large segment of the population previously excluded from official politics and the armed forces was not only made a part of them but became the dominantpart. The similarity in all three cases is the combining of two separate and dissimilar components in a new, single political entity. Moreover, in all three, the two parts brought together had been enemies who fought against each other or were trained to do so.

Keywords:   Germany, reunification, apartheid, Cold War, Yemen, South Africa, single political entity, armed forces

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