Konrad H. Jarausch,Eve Duffy's Dictatorship as Experience: Towards a Socio-Cultural History PDF

By Konrad H. Jarausch,Eve Duffy

A decade after the cave in of communism, this quantity offers a old mirrored image at the confusing nature of the East German dictatorship. unlike so much political rhetoric, it seeks to set up a center flooring among totalitarianism concept, stressing the repressive beneficial properties of the SED-regime, and apologetics of the socialist scan, emphasizing the normality of day-by-day lives. The ebook transcends the polarization of public debate via stressing the tensions and contradictions in the East German approach that mixed either points through the use of dictatorial ability to accomplish its emancipatory goals. by means of studying various political, social, cultural, and chronological issues, the individuals comic strip a differentiated photo of the GDR which emphasizes either its repressive and its welfare positive aspects. The 16 unique essays, specially written for this quantity by way of historians from either east and west Germany, characterize the leading edge of present examine and recommend new theoretical views. They discover political, social, and cultural mechanisms of regulate in addition to learn their limits and speak about the aggregate of dynamism and stagnation that used to be usual of the GDR.

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