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Dictatorship as experience : towards a socio-cultural history of the GDR

Author: Konrad Hugo Jarausch
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 1999.
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"A decade after the collapse of communism, this volume presents a historical reflection on the perplexing nature of the East German dictatorship. In contrast to most political rhetoric, it seeks to establish a middle ground between totalitarianism theory, stressing the repressive features of the SED regime, and apologetics of the socialist experiment, emphasizing the normality of daily lives."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Conference proceedings
History
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dictatorship as experience.
New York : Berghahn Books, 1999
(OCoLC)680282217
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Konrad Hugo Jarausch
ISBN: 1571811818 9781571811813 1571811826 9781571811820
OCLC Number: 41531899
Notes: "The essays in this collection originated in a conference on 'The GDR--a modern dictatorship?' held in Potsdam during early December of 1997 ..."--Preface.
Description: xii, 388 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Beyond uniformity : the challenge of historicizing the GDR / Konrad H. Jarausch --
GDR : a special kind of modern dictatorship / Jürgen Kocka --
Modernization and modernization blockages in GDR society / Detlef Pollack --
Care and coercion : the GDR as welfare dictatorship / Konrad H. Jarausch --
From dismantling to currency reform : external origins of the dictatorship, 1943-1948 / Jochen Laufer --
Foreign influences on the dictatorial development of the GDR, 1949-1955 / Michael Lemke --
Repression and tolerance as methods of rule in Communist societies / Mario Kessler and Thomas Klein --
Creating state socialist governance : the case of the Deutsche Volkspolizei / Thomas Lindenberger --
Food supply in a planned economy : SED nutrition policy between crisis response and popular needs / Burghard Ciesla and Patrice G. Poutrus --
Myth of female emancipation : contradictions in women's lives / Leonore Ansorg and Renate Hürtgen --
Socialist glass ceiling : limits to female careers / Dagmar Langenhan and Sabine Ross --
Dictatorship as discourse : cultural perspectives on SED legitimacy / Martin Sabrow --
Fettered media : controlling public debate / Simone Barck, Christoph Classen and Thomas Heimann --
Criticism and censorship ; negotiating cabaret performance and book production / Sylvia Klötzer and Siegfried Lokatis --
Pivotal cadres : leadership styles and self-images of GDR-elites / Arnd Baurkämper and Jürgen Danyel --
Stagnation or change? Transformations of the workplace in the GDR / Peter Hübner --
Hitler youth generation in the GDR : insecurities, ambitions and dilemmas / Dorothee Wierling --
Reforming Socialism? The changing of the guard from Ulbricht to Honecker during the 1960s / Monika Kaiser --
Mobility and blockage during the 1970s / Ralph Jessen --
Rethinking the second German dictatorship / Christoph Klessmann.
Responsibility: edited by Konrad H. Jarausch ; translated by Eve Duffy.

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"A decade after the collapse of communism, this volume presents a historical reflection on the perplexing nature of the East German dictatorship. In contrast to most political rhetoric, it seeks to establish a middle ground between totalitarianism theory, stressing the repressive features of the SED regime, and apologetics of the socialist experiment, emphasizing the normality of daily lives."--Jacket.

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