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A clear, concise and thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany - its development and downfall - which engages. Peter Grieder offers a thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany which engages critically with key debates and advances fresh interpretations. Arguing that the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was a totalitarian welfare state, Grieder: • divides its life into six phases: conception, construction, consolidation, conservatism, crisis, and collapse• analyses key concepts in the Introduction• provides an overall assessment of the GDR at the end of the volume• integrates experiences of individual GDR citizens in order to gain a deeper understanding of the East German polity.Clear, concise and up-to-date, this is an essential new study for anyone with an interest in the origins, development and ultimate downfall of the self-proclaimed "Workers' and Peasants' Power."
Aclear, concise and thought-provoking introduction to the history of East Germany - its development and downfall - which engages critically with key debates and advances new interpretations. Peter Grieder also offers a new and original conceptualization of the GDR as a bureaucratic-totalitarian welfare state.
About the Author
PETER GRIEDER is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Hull, UK.
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Note on References
Abbreviations and Glossary
Map of the GDR