Sport under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle' by M. DennisSport under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle' by M. Dennis

Sport under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle'

byM. Dennis, J. Grix

Hardcover | April 24, 2012

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This book is the first in-depth exploration of why East Germany was, for two decades, one of the three most successful nations in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Based on original Stasi and Communist Party archival sources, the book evaluates the significant factors behind the GDR's rise to sporting supremacy, notably doping, intensive training regimes, specialist sport schools, heavy investment by the state in elite sport, and the comprehensive guarding of top-level sport by the Stasi. Thisbook reveals how the central elite sports system was beset by internal tensions and disputes, by the personal ambitions of top Communist officials and by local and regional interests, and outlines how this system offers a model for elite sport today.

MIKE DENNIS Professor of Modern German History at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He has specialized in the history of East German Communism and sport and among his major publications are The Rise and Fall of the German Democratic Republic 1945-1990, The Stasi: Myth and Reality, Deutschland 1945-1990 (with J. D. Steinert), and St...
Title:Sport under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle'Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230227848

ISBN - 13:9780230227842

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Contestation in the East German Sport SystemThe Political Use of SportThe Development of East German Elite SportFinding and Promoting Young Sporting TalentDrugs in Elite Sport in the German 'Doping' RepublicSteroids and JusticeFootball – East German Sport's 'Problem Child'The 'Flipside' of the Sports 'Miracle': Declining Mass Sport ProvisionThe East German Model in Comparative ContextKey Themes and FindingsBibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

"Dennis and Grix have provided us with the most authoritative English-language account of sport in the GDR to date, and it is to be hoped that it will appear in a paperback version so that it can reach as wide a readership as possible." - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics "Dennis and Grix have produced a first concise and compelling English-language summary on the vast research done on GDR sport. The book will surely prove valuable for teaching the subject" - German Historical Institute