The German Democratic Republic

Paperback | December 11, 2012

byPeter Grieder

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A clear, concise and thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany - its development and downfall - which engages. Peter Grieder offers a thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany which engages critically with key debates and advances fresh interpretations. Arguing that the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was a totalitarian welfare state, Grieder: • divides its life into six phases: conception, construction, consolidation, conservatism, crisis, and collapse• analyses key concepts in the Introduction• provides an overall assessment of the GDR at the end of the volume• integrates experiences of individual GDR citizens in order to gain a deeper understanding of the East German polity.Clear, concise and up-to-date, this is an essential new study for anyone with an interest in the origins, development and ultimate downfall of the self-proclaimed "Workers' and Peasants' Power."

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A clear, concise and thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany - its development and downfall - which engages. Peter Grieder offers a thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany which engages critically with key debates and advances fresh interpretations. Arguing that the German Democratic Republic...

PETER GRIEDER is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Hull, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.57 × 5.4 × 0.36 inPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023057937X

ISBN - 13:9780230579378

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Table of Contents

Note on References

Editors' Preface

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations and Glossary

Map of the GDR
Introduction: Concepts
Conception, 1945-1949
Construction, 1949-1960
Consolidation, 1961-1971
Conservativism, 1971-1977
Crisis, 1977-1989
Collapse, 1989-1990
Conclusion: Obituary
Bibliography
Index