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West Germany

a former republic in central Europe: created in 1949 by the coalescing of the British, French, and U.S. zones of occupied Germany established in 1945. 96,025 sq. mi. (248,706 sq. km).
Capital: Bonn.
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West German, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • In the period since 1967 relations with West Germany have continued without major difficulties.

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  • During 1972 relations between Bulgaria and West Germany improved.

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British Dictionary definitions for West Germany

West Germany

a former republic in N central Europe, on the North Sea: established in 1949 from the zones of Germany occupied by the British, Americans, and French after the defeat of Nazi Germany; a member of the European Community; reunited with East Germany in 1990 Official name Federal Republic of Germany See also Germany
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West Germany in Culture

West Germany definition

Popular name for the Federal Republic of Germany before the reunification of Germany in 1990. Bonn was the seat of its government.

Note: West Germany was a member of NATO.
Note: 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.
Note: The Bonn Convention in 1952 essentially granted West Germany national sovereignty. In 1955, West Germany was recognized as an independent country.
Note: It made a swift recovery, called the “economic miracle” from the devastation of World War II.
Note: With the collapse of communism, West Germany absorbed East Germany. Berlin became the capital of the united Germany.
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