Repainting the Little Red Schoolhouse: A History of Eastern German Education, 1945-1995

Hardcover | January 3, 2002

byJohn Rodden

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This is the first English-language study of GDR education and the first book, in any language, to trace the history of Eastern German education from 1945 through the 1990s. Rodden fully relates the GDR's attempt to create a new Marxist nation by means of educational reform, and looks not onlyat the changing institution of education but at something the Germans call Bildung--the formation of character and the cultivation of body and spirit. The sociology of nation-building is also addressed.

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This is the first English-language study of GDR education and the first book, in any language, to trace the history of Eastern German education from 1945 through the 1990s. Rodden fully relates the GDR's attempt to create a new Marxist nation by means of educational reform, and looks not onlyat the changing institution of education but...

John G. Rodden is at University of Texas, Austin.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 3, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019511244X

ISBN - 13:9780195112443

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Table of Contents

Prologue. Unlessons, Far and NearIntroduction. "Who has the Youth, has the Future"Part One. "The Citadel of Learning": The Making and Unmaking of the German Communist, 1945-1989Chapter 1. From Brown to Red: The Fall and Rise of an Educational System, 1945-1951Chapter 2. Marooned in the Workers' Paradise: Cold War Catechetics, 1951-1961Chapter 3. After the Wall: Pride before the Fall, 1961-1989Part Two. (Post) Socialism with a German Face, 1989-1995Chapter 4. After the Wall II: The Fall and Rise of an Educational SystemChapter 5. Leipzig, 1990Chapter 6. Plauen, 1990/1992/1994Chapter 7. Leipzig, 1991Chapter 8. Berlin, 1991Chapter 9. Leipzig, 1993Chapter 10. Weimar, 1991, Weimar/Rocken, 1994Chapter 11. Berlin, 1994Chapter 12. Weimar, 1994Chapter 13. Berlin, 1994Epilogue. Education for Tolerance, Education for National Identity: The Unusable German Past?List of AbbreviationsGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex

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"John Rodden has written a marvelous book...an unconventional and occasionally idiosyncratic study on comparative education and on the social psychology of re-education."--Comparative Education Review