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Author Gumbert, Heather L.

Title Envisioning socialism : television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic / Heather L. Gumbert
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014]


Description 1 online resource
Series Social history, popular culture, and politics in germany
Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany.
Contents Cold War Signals: Television Technology in the GDR -- Inventing Television Programming in the GDR -- The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Political Discipline Confronts Live Television in 1956 -- Mediating the Berlin Wall: Television in August -- Coercion and Consent in Television Broadcasting: The Consequences of August 1961 -- Reaching Consensus on Television
Summary Envisioning Socialism examines television and the power it exercised to define the East Germans' view of socialism during the first decades of the German Democratic Republic. In the first book in English to examine this topic, Heather L. Gumbert traces how television became a medium prized for its communicative and entertainment value. She explores the difficulties GDR authorities had defining and executing a clear vision of the society they hoped to establish, and she explains how television helped to stabilize GDR society in a way that ultimately worked against the utopian vision the authorities thought they were cultivating
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license
Print version record
Subject Deutscher Fernsehfunk -- History
Deutscher Fernsehfunk
Socialism and society.
Television and politics -- Germany (East)
Television broadcasting -- Germany (East) -- History
Television -- Social aspects -- Germany (East)
Television broadcasting -- Social aspects -- Germany (East)
HISTORY -- Europe -- Germany.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Television -- History & Criticism.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
Socialism and society
Television and politics
Television broadcasting
Television -- Social aspects
Germany (East)
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020707362
ISBN 9780472120024