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The Stasi : myth and reality

Author: Mike Dennis; Peter Brown
Publisher: Harlow : Pearson/Longman, 2003.
Series: Themes in modern German history series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The East German Ministry of State Security, popularly known as the Stasi, was one of the largest and most intrusive secret police systems in world history. So extensive was the system of surveillance and control that in any given year throughout the 1970s and 1980s about one in fifty of the 13 million adults in East Germany were working for the Stasi either as an officer or as an informer." "Drawing on original  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Dennis; Peter Brown
ISBN: 0582414229 9780582414228
OCLC Number: 51965667
Description: xviii, 269 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction. I. THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE EAST GERMAN SECURITY SERVICE, 1945-71. 1.From Weimar Republic to GDR. 2.The Ministry of State Security, 1950-71. II. THE SWORD AND THE COMPASS. 3. The party and its Sword. 4. The Security Colossus. 5.Political Justice in Dictatorship. III. THE FIRM AND ITS SERVANTS. 6. Serving the Cause - the Officer Class. 7. Mielke's Unofficial Collaborators. IV. HUNTING FOR THE ENEMY. 8.Monitor and firefighter.
Series Title: Themes in modern German history series.
Responsibility: Mike Dennis ; with the assistance as translator of Peter Brown.
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The Stasi were a central institution of the GDR. This book serves as a study of the powerful and much-feared East German Ministry of State Security from its establishment in 1950 to its fall in 1990.  Read more...

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'illuminating, well structured and lucid study... His impressive and useful book will be essential reading for students and scholars of the GDR for many years to come.' European History Quarterly

 
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