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  • East Germany and Detenteby A. James McAdams

    Cambridge University Press 1985; US$ 29.00

    This study demonstrates the changing historical significance of the idea of detente and how non-superpower states can create opportunity out of initially adverse circumstances. more...

  • Becoming East Germanby Mary Fulbrook; Andrew I. Port

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 34.00

    For roughly the first decade after the demise of the GDR, professional and popular interpretations of East German history concentrated primarily on forms of power and repression, as well as on dissent and resistance to communist rule. Socio-cultural approaches have increasingly shown that a single-minded emphasis on repression and coercion fails to... more...

  • Tailoring Truthby Jon Berndt Olsen

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 34.95

    By looking at state-sponsored memory projects, such as memorials, commemorations, and historical museums, this book reveals that the East German communist regime obsessively monitored and attempted to control public representations of the past to legitimize its rule. It demonstrates that the regime's approach to memory politics was not stagnant, but... more...

  • The Role of the Masses in the Collapse of the GDRby Dr Jonathan Grix

    Palgrave Macmillan 2000; US$ 163.00

    This book examines the role of the masses in the collapse of the East German regime and state in 1989 in the northern district of Schwerin. It shows the extent to which citizens of the GDR dictatorship were instrumental in their state's demise. The 'bottom-up' approach employed, in contrast to the study of power wielding elites and 'opposition', explores... more...

  • AntiFascism and Memory in East Germanyby Josie McLellan

    Clarendon Press 2004; US$ 189.99

    AntiFascism and Memory in East Germany sheds new light on the legacy of the Spanish Civil War, the way in which societies remember, and the nature of state socialism. It combines cultural, social, and political history to examine the ways in which the legacy of the International Brigades was commemorated in the German Democratic Republic. more...

  • From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People's (East German) Army by the Bundeswehrby Frederick Zilian

    ABC-CLIO 1999; US$ 84.00

    At midnight on October 2, 1990, the West German armed forces took over the approximately 90,000 men comprising the National People's (East German) Army (NVA) and assumed control of its substantial arsenal. This study is an analysis of that unification from its beginning in July 1990 to the end of summer of 1993 when all applications for future service... more...

  • Power and Society in the GDR, 1961-1979by Mary Fulbrook

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 34.95

    The communist German Democratic Republic, founded in 1949 in the Soviet-occupied zone of post-war Germany is, for many people, epitomized by the Berlin Wall; Soviet tanks and surveillance by the secret security police, the Stasi, appear to be central. But is this really all there is to the GDR┬╣s history? How did people come to terms with their situation... more...

  • Bringing Culture to the Massesby Esther von Richthofen

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 120.00

    Cultural life in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was strictly controlled by the ruling party, the SED, who attempted to dictate how people spent their free time by prohibiting privately organized leisure time pursuits and offering instead cultural activities in state institutions and organizations. By exploring the nature of dictatorial... more...

  • Burned Bridgeby Edith Sheffer

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 15.99

    Examines "Burned Bridge," the intersection between two sister cities in East and West Germany, and reveals how the daily adjustments of anxious residents shaped the barrier that divided them. more...

  • State and Minorities in Communist East Germanyby Mike Dennis; Norman LaPorte

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 34.95

    Based on interviews and the voluminous materials in the archives of the SED, the Stasi and central and regional authorities, this volume focuses on several contrasting minorities (Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, 'guest' workers from Vietnam and Mozambique, football fans, punks, and skinheads) and their interaction with state and party bodies during Erich... more...