Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR 1949-1989

Paperback | December 11, 1997

byMary Fulbrook

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Founded on the ruins of Hitler's defeated Third Reich, and lacking any intrinsic legitimacy, the German Democratic Republic nevertheless became the most stable and successful state in the Soviet bloc. Yet in the 'gentle revolution' of 1989 it collapsed with startling speed. How can thisextraordinary story of political stability followed by sudden implosion be explained? With the opening of the East German archives, it is at last possible to look inside the apparently impregnable dictatorship. Mary Fulbrook provides a compelling interpretation of structures of power and patterns of popular opinion within the GDR. This absorbing study explores the ways in which thetentacles of the all-pervading state captured East German society in the grip of the Stasi, party, and mass organizations, and analyses the emergence in the 1980s of oppositional cultures under the ambivalent shelter of a Protestant Church which had come to terms with the communist state. Incombining careful archival research with broader theoretical and historical interpretation, Anatomy of a Dictatorship makes a major contribution to debates on recent German history and the character of contemporary Germany.

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Founded on the ruins of Hitler's defeated Third Reich, and lacking any intrinsic legitimacy, the German Democratic Republic nevertheless became the most stable and successful state in the Soviet bloc. Yet in the 'gentle revolution' of 1989 it collapsed with startling speed. How can thisextraordinary story of political stability followe...

Mary Fulbrook is at University College, London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:December 11, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198207204

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`Fulbrook's lucid analysis provides an admirable introduction to the history of the GDR and certainly the best general account currently available in English ... this is in many respects the ideal undergraduate text.'Mark Roseman, Keele University