which worked principally to maintain reproduction and production

English translation: economy and birth rate

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English term or phrase:production and reproduction
English translation:economy and birth rate
Entered by: Michael Schubert

07:33 Apr 2, 2005
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
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English term or phrase: which worked principally to maintain reproduction and production
I don't know what this mean:
Divorce was unproblematic to the East German state, which worked principally to maintain reproduction and production
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Local time: 19:02
concerned only with economy and birth rate
Explanation:
Without further context, I'd say it's just a cute play on the words production/reproduction meaning that the East German state cared only about the economy and the birth rate, not the happiness of the people or the moral problems with divorce.
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Michael Schubert
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Local time: 04:02
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4 +4concerned only with economy and birth rate
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concerned only with economy and birth rate


Explanation:
Without further context, I'd say it's just a cute play on the words production/reproduction meaning that the East German state cared only about the economy and the birth rate, not the happiness of the people or the moral problems with divorce.

Michael Schubert
United States
Local time: 04:02
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thank you very much.
Now I understand.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Lingo Pros
5 mins

agree  Elizabeth Rudin: A higher birth rate would ensure the future workforce, and so “reproduction” was a prerequisite for future “production”. Divorce didn’t matter, once the children were born…
8 mins

agree  Jörgen Slet
2 hrs

agree  Will Matter
20 hrs
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