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Why did the German Democratic Republic last for so long - longer, in fact, than the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich combined? This book looks at various political, social, and economic conflicts at the grass roots of the GDR in an attempt to answer this question and account for regime stability. A local study, it examines opposition and discontent in Saalfeld, an important industrial and agricultural district. Based on previously inaccessible primary sources as well as on interviews with local residents, the book offers a novel explanation for the durability of the regime by looking at how authorities tried to achieve harmony and consensus through negotiation and compromise. At the same time, it shows how official policies created deep-seated social cleavages that promoted stability by hindering East Germans from presenting a united front to authorities when mounting opposition or pressing for change. All of this provides an indirect answer to perhaps the major question of the postwar period: Why did the Cold War last as long as it did?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521744171
ISBN-10: 0521744172
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 326
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew I. Port

Andrew I. Port is an Assistant Professor of History at Wayne State University, Detroit. He earned a PhD in history from Harvard University and a BA in history from Yale University. He has published articles in Social History and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Professor Port is a research associate at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and he was a visiting scholar at the Zentrum fur Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Contemporary Historical Research) in Potsdam, Germany.

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