A New Book on East German Trade.

by Horst Mendershausen

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A review of Erich Klinkmuller's new book on the foreign trade system of Soviet-occupied Germany ([Die Gegenwartige Aussenhandelsverflechtung der Sowjetischen Besatzungszone Deutschlands], Berlin, 1959). The book offers a statistical study of East German foreign economic relations, particularly with the Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc. It discusses various theoretical and institutional aspects of these relations, such as the problems of planning foreign trade, the dichotomy of internal and foreign trade prices, the dominant role of the Soviet Union in East German economic policy, bilateralism, and economic coordination within the Bloc. The review concludes that this monograph is one of the best studies of the East German economy. 5 pp.

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