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The people's state : East German society from Hitler to Honecker

Author: Mary Fulbrook
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What was life really like for East Germans, effectively imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain? This book explores the transformation of East German society from the ruins of Hitler's Third Reich to a modernizing industrial state. It also examines changing conceptions of normality within an authoritarian political system.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Fulbrook
ISBN: 9780300144246 0300144245 0300108842 9780300108842
OCLC Number: 227926611
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: xiv, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the people's paradox --
Visions of the good society (and how they were not realized in practice) --
The East German social revolution : violence, utopia and consumer socialism --
Citizens at home --
Citizens at play : leisure --
Matters of life and death --
Youth --
Gender --
Class in a classless society : power, work and social inequality --
The withering away of the state? Ruling elites --
Cultural capital : from bourgeoisie to socialist intelligentsia --
The un-making of the German working class (and peasantry) --
The participatory dictatorship --
The honeycomb state : the benign and malign diffusion of power --
In place of a public sphere? 'Discussions,' cultures and subcultures --
The people's own voices? The culture of complaint and the privatisation of protest --
Conclusion : from Nazis to Ossis?
Responsibility: Mary Fulbrook.
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