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Russian commands and German resistance : the Soviet Occupation, 1945-1949

Author: Edward N Peterson
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1999.
Series: Studies in modern European history, v. 29.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The common assumption has been that Stalin established a totalitarian state in his zone and that the authoritarian Germans simply continued from one obedience to the other. Scholarly analysis, first possible with the coming down of the Wall, begins with the Soviet Command in Berlin. It then traces policy implementation in four German states and eight local communities. The surprising conclusion is that the purposes  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Peterson, Edward N. (Edward Norman), 1925-
Russian commands and German resistance.
New York : P. Lang, ©1999
(OCoLC)607129628
Online version:
Peterson, Edward N. (Edward Norman), 1925-
Russian commands and German resistance.
New York : P. Lang, ©1999
(OCoLC)607900321
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward N Peterson
ISBN: 0820439487 9780820439488
OCLC Number: 38207545
Description: 510 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: What the Russians Commanded --
Pt. I. Berlin: the Center of Commands --
1945-From Violence to Ambivalence --
1946-The SED Compelled and Resisted --
1947-The German Way Comes to a Dead End --
1948-Blockading Berlin, Isolating the Zone --
1949-The Controversial Birth of the DDR --
How the Germans Resisted --
Pt. II. Sachsen-Dresden Radicals Thwart Berlin --
Leipzig City --
The Cultured Socialist Mayor Struggles --
Leipzig Landkreis --
The Corrupt Landrat Fights --
Grimma --
Frustrated Farmers Frustrate SMA --
Gorlitz --
From "Dying City" to Luxury Wagons --
Pt. III. Thuringen --
Vigor in Command and in Dissent --
Eisenach --
Open Exposure and Corruption by the West --
Pt. IV. Sachsen-Anhalt --
A Bourgeois President Resists and Survives --
Stendal and the Altmark --
Violence, Sabotage, SED Failure --
Pt. V. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern --
Rural Reactionary to Refugee Radical --
Schwerin --
Confiscations, Compulsion, Cleanliness, Complaints --
Stralsund --
Russian Chaos into German Calm --
Pt. VI. A Sum of the Many Commands and Resistances --
The SBZ in the Perspective of the American Zone --
The SBZ in the Perspective of Time.
Series Title: Studies in modern European history, v. 29.
Responsibility: Edward N. Peterson.

Abstract:

"The common assumption has been that Stalin established a totalitarian state in his zone and that the authoritarian Germans simply continued from one obedience to the other. Scholarly analysis, first possible with the coming down of the Wall, begins with the Soviet Command in Berlin. It then traces policy implementation in four German states and eight local communities. The surprising conclusion is that the purposes of Stalin were confused, that the Moscow policy was ambivalent, and the assigned personnel insufficiently prepared and controlled. The German response was a massive resistance, whether out of a desire for freedom, or for a higher standard of living, or the inertia of continuing in their individualistic/capitalist ways."--BOOK JACKET.

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