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The Making of the GDR, 1945-53
The Making of the GDR 1945-53 is a groundbreaking analysis of the Stalinization of East Germany. Whereas most traditional accounts have explained the creation of the GDR in terms of high politics and of Soviet foreign policy, this book focuses on the social roots of the emerging dictatorship. These were located above all in the traditions of the German labor movement and t ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2004 by Manchester University Press
(first published May 31st 2000)
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The GDR (German Democratic Republic / DDR) generally suffers from a bad press and like many states much of it is probably quite valid. However, as is so often the case its easier to denigrate something no longer able to mount an effective defence, in this case since it has ceased to exist. However, even while it survived the GDR (or at least its largely fossilised leadership) had lost, in the eyes of many, any moral authority or legitimacy in the eyes of much of the population. However, the GDR ...more