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Conflict and stability in the German Democratic Republic

Author: Andrew I Port
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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"Why did the German Democratic Republic last for so long--longer, in fact, than the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich combined? This book looks at various political, social, and economic conflicts at the grass roots of the GDR in an attempt to answer this question and account for regime stability. A local study, it examines opposition and discontent in Saalfeld, an important industrial and agricultural district.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew I Port
ISBN: 0521866510 9780521866514
OCLC Number: 67945234
Awards: Winner of DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies 2013.
Description: xix, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the puzzle of stability --
Part I: Upheaval (1945-1953) --
Creating a "New Order" --
The GDR's "First Strike" --
The Revolution Manquée of June 1953 --
Part II: The Calm After the Storm (1953-1971) --
The limits of repression --
Exit, voice, and apathy --
Power in the people's factories --
Economic struggles on the shop floor --
Divide and rule? --
"I comes before we" in the countryside --
"Whatever happened to the Classless Society?" --
Conclusion: a divided society in a divided nation.
Responsibility: Andrew I. Port.
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This 2007 book explores the reasons why the post-World War II Communist regime in East Germany outlasted both the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.  Read more...

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'[Port's] study makes a significant contribution to the history of the GDR and to scholarly debate about the relationship between state and society in Stalinist states.' Donna Harsch, Carnegie Mellon Read more...

 
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