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The East German leadership and the division of Germany : patriotism and propaganda 1945-1953

Author: Dirk Spilker
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Series: Oxford historical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Would it have been possible to build a unified and democratic Germany half a century before the fall of the Berlin Wall? This book reassesses this question by exploring Germany's division after the Second World War from the point of view of the SED, the communist-led and Soviet-sponsored ruling party of East Germany."
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dirk Spilker
ISBN: 0199284121 9780199284122
OCLC Number: 65204950
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--St. Anthony's College, Oxford, 1998.
Description: xi, 296 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 'It should look democratic--' : the German communists and the birth of the SED --
Nationwide goals and zonal priorities : the KPD/SED and the German question from Potsdam to Bizonia --
Between hope and despair : the SED and the consolidation of the SBZ --
Unity postponed : the SED and the founding of the GDR --
Retreat and retrenchment : the SED and the German question in the early 1950s.
Series Title: Oxford historical monographs.
Responsibility: Dirk Spilker.
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