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Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany)

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Envisioning Socialism examines television and the power it exercised to define the East Germansand#8217; 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.

Gumbert challenges those who would dismiss East German television as a tool of repression that couldnand#8217;t compete with the West or capture the imagination of East Germans. Instead, she shows how, by the early 1960s, television was a model of the kind of socialist realist art that could appeal to authorities and audiences. Ultimately, this socialist vision was overcome by the challenges that the international market in media products and technologies posed to nation-building in the postwar period.

A history of ideas and perceptions examining both real and mediated historical conditions, Envisioning Socialism considers television as a technology, an institution, and a medium of social relations and cultural knowledge. The book will be welcomed in undergraduate and graduate courses in German and media history, the history of postwar Socialism, and the history of science and technologies.

Synopsis:

The first examination in English of East German television during the early Cold War

About the Author

Heather L. Gumbert is an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472119196
Subtitle:
Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic
Author:
Gumbert, Heather L.
Author:
Gumbert, Heather
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany
Publication Date:
20140127
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 photos, 1 table
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Media Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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