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Author Maier, Charles S., author

Title Dissolution : the crisis of Communism and the end of East Germany / Charles S. Maier
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1997]
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1997


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Description xx, 440 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Losing Faith -- Ch. 2. The Economic Collapse -- Ch. 3. The Autumn Upheaval -- Ch. 4. Protagonists of the Transition -- Ch. 5. Unification -- Ch. 6. Anschluss and Melancholy -- Epilogue. Wrapped Reichstag, 1995
Summary Against the backdrop of one of the great transformations of our century, the sudden and unexpected fall of communism as a ruling system, Charles Maier recounts the history and demise of East Germany. Dissolution is his poignant, analytically provocative account of the decline and fall of the late German Democratic Republic. This book explains the powerful causes for the disintegration of German communism as it constructs the complex history of the GDR. Maier looks at the turning points in East Germany's forty-year history and at the mix of coercion and consent by which the regime functioned. He analyzes the GDR as it evolved from the purges of the 1950s to the peace movements and emerging youth culture of the 1980s, and then turns his attention to charges of Stasi collaboration that surfaced after 1989. In the context of describing the larger collapse of communism, Maier analyzes German elements that had counterparts throughout the Soviet bloc, including its systemic and eventually terminal economic crisis, corruption and privilege in the Socialist Unity Party (SED), the influence of the Stasi and the plight of intellectuals and writers, and the slow loss of confidence on the part of the ruling elite. He then discusses the mass protests and the proliferation of dissident groups in 1989, the collapse of the ruling party, and the troubled aftermath of unification
Notes Paperback edition printed in 1999
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-425) and index
Subject Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands.
Communism -- Germany (East)
Communism -- Germany (East)
Opposition (Political science) -- Germany (East)
Opposition (Political science) -- Germany (East)
Germany (East) -- Politics and government -- 1989-1990.
Germany -- History -- 1990-
Germany -- History -- Unification, 1990.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1982-1990
LC no. 96039995
ISBN 0691007462
9780691007465 (cloth : alk. paper)