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Author Jarausch, Konrad Hugo.

Title Dictatorship As Experience : Towards a Socio-Cultural History of the GDR
Published New York, NY : Berghahn Books, 1999
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Contents Preface; List of Abbreviations; Part I: Introduction; Part II: The Theoretical Problem of Dictatorship; Chapter 1: The GDR; Chapter 2: Modernization and Modernization Blockages in GDR Society; Chapter 3: Care and Coercion; Part III: Mechanisms of Political Repression; Chapter 4: From DIsmantling to Currency Reform; Chapter 5: Foreign Influences on the Dictatorial Development of the GDR, 1949-1955; Chapter 6: Repression and Tolerance as Methods of Rule in Communist Societies; Part IV: Means of Social Control; Chapter 7: Creating State Socialist Governance
Chapter 8: Food Supply in a Planned EconomyChapter 9: The Myth of Female Emancipation; Chapter 10: The Socialist Glass Ceiling; Part V: Cultural Dimensions of Domination; Chapter 11: Dictatorship as Discourse; Chapter 12: The Fettered Media; Chapter 13: Criticism and Censorship; Chapter 14: THe Pivotal Cadres; Part VI: Temporal Transformations; Chapter 15: Stagnation or Change?; Chapter 16: The Hitler Youth Generation in the GDR; Chapter 17: Reforming Socialism?; Chapter 18: Mobility and Blockage During the 1970s; Postscript; Chapter 19: Rethinking the Second German Dictatorship
Selected BibliographyNotes on Contributors; Index
Summary A decade after the collapse of communism, this volume presents a historical reflection on the perplexing nature of the East German dictatorship. In contrast to most political rhetoric, it seeks to establish a middle ground between totalitarianism theory, stressing the repressive features of the SED-regime, and apologetics of the socialist experiment, emphasizing the normality of daily lives. The book transcends the polarization of public debate by stressing the tensions and contradictions within the East German system that combined both aspects by using dictatorial means to achieve its eman
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Subject Communism -- Germany (East) -- History -- Congresses.
Dictatorship -- Germany (East) -- Congresses.
Political culture -- Germany (East) -- Congresses.
Germany (East) -- Social conditions -- Congresses.
Germany (East) -- Social policy -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782384790 (electronic bk.)
9781782384793 (electronic bk.)