West Germany definition by Webster's New World
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West Germany definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Officially Federal Republic of Germany
A former country of central Europe bordering on the North Sea. It was part of Germany until 1945, when the country was divided into U.S., French, British, and Soviet zones of occupation. In 1949 the three western zones were reconstituted as West Germany; the Soviet zone became East Germany. West Germany was reunified with East Germany in 1990.
- West German adjective & n.
West Germany - Cultural Definition
Popular name for the Federal Republic of Germany before the reunification of Germany in 1990. Bonn was the seat of its government.
- West Germany was a member of NATO.
- Established in 1949, after dissension between the United States and the Soviet Union led to the division of Germany into East Germany and West Germany, it was formed out of the states included in the American, French, and British occupation zones.
- The Bonn Convention in 1952 essentially granted West Germany national sovereignty. In 1955, West Germany was recognized as an independent country.
- It made a swift recovery, called the “economic miracle” from the devastation of World War II.
- With the collapse of communism, West Germany absorbed East Germany. Berlin became the capital of the united Germany.
Variant of Germany
pl. Germanys, Germanies
country in NC Europe, on the North & Baltic seas; since reunification in 1990, comprising 16 states: formerly divided (1945) into four zones of occupation, administered respectively by France, Britain, the U.S., & the U.S.S.R., and partitioned (1949-90) into the , made up of the three western zones (British, French, & U.S.), also called ; and the , comprising the eastern (U.S.S.R.) zone, also called : 137,822 sq mi (356,959 sq km); pop. 80,975,000; cap. Berlin: official name Federal Republic of Germany
Origin: Classical Latin Germania