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Description - The East German Economy, 1945-2010 by Hartmut Berghoff

By many measures, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) had the strongest economy in the Eastern bloc and was one of the most important industrial nations worldwide. Nonetheless, the economic history of the GDR has been primarily discussed as a failure when compared with the economic success of the Federal Republic and is often cited as one of the pre-eminent examples of central planning's deficiencies. This volume analyzes both the successes and failures of the East German economy. The contributors consider the economic history of East Germany within its broader political, cultural and social contexts. Rather than limit their perspective to the period of the GDR's existence, the essays additionally consider the decades before 1945 and the post-1990 era. Contributors also trace the present and future of the East German economy and suggest possible outcomes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781107030138
ISBN-10: 1107030137
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hartmut Berghoff

Harmut Berghoff is Director of the German Historical Institute, an independent center for advanced study in Washington, DC, and Professor of Economic and Social History at the University Gottingen in Germany. Dr Berghoff is a member of the editorial boards of the Business History Review and Enterprise and Society. Uta Andrea Balbier is Director of the Institute of North American Studies at King's College London and Lecturer in US History. Her first book, Kalter Krieg auf der Aschenbahn: Deutsch-deutscher Sport, 1950-1972, was a runner-up for the Carl Diem Prize for an outstanding contribution to the field of sports history.