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The East German economy, 1945-2010 : falling behind or catching up?

Author: Hartmut Berghoff; Uta A Balbier
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, [2014]
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By many measures, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) had the strongest economy in the Eastern bloc and was one of the most important industrial nations worldwide. Nonetheless, the economic history of the GDR has been primarily discussed as a failure when compared with the economic success of the Federal Republic and is often cited as one of the preeminent examples of central planning's deficiencies. This volume  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hartmut Berghoff; Uta A Balbier
ISBN: 9781107030138 1107030137
OCLC Number: 847601750
Description: x, 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Introduction: 1. From centrally planned economy to capitalist avant-garde? The creation, collapse, and transformation of a socialist economy / Harmut Berghoff and Uta Balbier; 2. From the Soviet occupation zone to the" new Eastern states": a survey / André Steiner --
Part II. Beginnings, Crises, and Reforms: The Planned Economy, 1945-1971: 3. Winner takes all: the Soviet Union and the beginnings of central planning in Eastern Germany, 1945-1949 / Burghard Ciesla; 4. National socialist autarky projects and postwar industrial landscape / Rainer Kalsch; 5. Innovation and ideology: Werner Hartmann and the failure of the East German electronics industry / Dolores L. Augustine; 6. East German workers and the "dark side" of Eigensinn: divisive shop-floor practices and the failed revolution of June 17, 1953 / Andrew I. Port --
Part III. Living Beyond One's Means: The Long Decline, 1971-1989: 7. From schadenfreude to going-out-of-business sale: East Germany and the oil crises of the 1970s / Ray Stokes; 8. Innovation in a centrally planned economy: the case of the Filmfabrik Wolfen / Silke Fengler; 9. Debt, cooperation, and collapse: East German foreign trade in the Hoenecker years / Ralf Ahrens; 10. Ulbricht's and Hoenecker's Volksstaat? The common economic history of militarized regimes / Jeffrey Kopstein --
Part IV. Transformation, Subvention, and Renewal, 1989-2010: 11. The East German economy in the twenty-first century / Michael C. Burda; 12. The social policy of unification and its consequences for the transformation of the economy in the new Eastern states / Gerhard A. Ritter; 13. German economic unification: a view through the lens of the postwar recovery / Holger C. Wolf.
Series Title: Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Responsibility: edited by Hartmut Berghoff, German Historical Institute, Washington DC., Uta A. Balbier, King's College, London.
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