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The GDR (RLE: German Politics)

Moscow's German Ally, 1st Edition

By David Childs


382 pages

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Widely praised in its first edition, the second edition of The GDR was updated to cover events through the spring of 1988, examining in particular the impact of new leadership in both Bonn and Moscow and of the changing world economy on the prospects of the GDR.


‘…should serve as the best informed overview of GDR affairs for some time to come’ Choice

‘As a single-volume treatment of the history, political organization and social framework of the GDR (this volume) is unmatched’ Slavic Review

Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning: 1945 - 1953 2. From the ‘New Course’ to the Berlin Wall: 1954-1961 3. In From the Cold: 1962-1976 3. The SED and the ‘Bureaucratic Stratum’ 5. The Constitution: Just a Beautiful Illusion? 6. The Economy: A Kind of Miracle? 7. Education - For Factory, Laboratory and Barracks 8. The Intellectual: Conformists, Outsiders and Others 9. The Mass Media: Not Just Newspeak? 10. The New Woman…With Some Old Problems 11. Defending the GDR in Berlin, Prague and Luanda 12. Foreign Relations: the Search for Recognition and Beyond 13. The GDR in the Age of Gorbachev

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International