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Week 19: The Development of the Two German States 1963-89

Wanted Poster: "Baader/Meinhof Gang" (c. 1970-72)

Seminar Questions:

  • Why did protests brake out in West Germany in the 1960s (and not sooner or later)?
  • What role did the past play in protest movement?
  • How serious was the challenge of terrorism in West Germany?
  • Why did the GDR not experience a similar wave of youth protests?
  • How did East German state and society develop in the 1970s and 80s?
  • How did relations between the two German states change in the 1970s and 80s?

Reading List:

Required Reading:

Primary Sources:


Further Reading:

1968 and all That:

Terrorism in West Germany:

Development and Decline in the GDR:

  • Peter C. Caldwell; Karrin Hanshew, Germany since 1945 (Bloomsbury, 2018), Chapters 5 and 8
  • Stefan WolleDavid Burnett, The Ideal World of Dictatorship: Daily Life and Party Rule in the GDR, 1971-89 (Links Christoph Verlag, 2019)
  • Jeffrey Kopstein, The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany , 1945-1989 (University of North Carolina Press, 1997), pp. 41-72
  • Hester Vaizey, Born in the GDR: Life in the Shadow of the Wall (OUP, 2014)