The People's State
East German Society from Hitler to Honecker
By (author) Mary Fulbrook
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People's State by Mary Fulbrook
Book DescriptionWhat was life really like for East Germans, effectively imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain? The headline stories of Cold War spies and surveillance by the secret police, of political repression and corruption, do not tell the whole story. After the unification of Germany in 1990 many East Germans remembered their lives as interesting, varied, and full of educational, career and leisure opportunities: in many ways perfectly ordinary lives. Using the rich resources of the newly-opened GDR archives, Mary Fulbrook investigates these conflicting narratives. She explores the transformation of East German society from the ruins of Hitler's Third Reich to a modernizing industrial state. She examines changing conceptions of normality within an authoritarian political system, and provides extraordinary insights into the ways in which individuals perceived their rights and actively sought to shape their own lives. Replacing the simplistic black-and-white concept of totalitarianism by the notion of a participatory dictatorship, this book seeks to reinstate the East German people as actors in their own history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300144246
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mary Fulbrook
History of Germany 1918-2014, Paperback (December 2014)
The fourth edition of A History of Germany, 1918-2014: A Divided Nation introduces students to the key themes of 20th century German history, tracing the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany since 1918.
Small Town Near Auschwitz, Paperback (September 2013)
The story of a small town near Auschwitz and of its local Nazi administrator. An ordinary functionary and family man without whose help, and those of thousands like him, the murderous plans of the Nazi elite could never have been fully realized.
Dissonant Lives, Hardback (June 2011)» View all books by Mary Fulbrook
An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the violent eruptions of the two world wars, and through the dictatorships of Nazism and then Communism that succeeded them.
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Author Biography - Mary Fulbrook
Mary Fulbrook is professor of German history at University College London. Among her books is the best-selling A Concise History of Germany.
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