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Seminar Ten (Week 1) - East Germany: The Welfare Society

  • Why did East Germany remain so unstable in the 1950s?
  • Did the East German Communists succeed in creating some popular allegiance to the GDR?
  • How do you explain the collapse of the GDR in 1989?

R. Bessel ‘Police of a "new type"?: Police and Society in Eastern Germany after 1945’, Ger Hist 1992, 290-301
W. Carr A History of Germany 1815-1990, ch. 15
D. Childs East Germany
________* The GDR: Moscow’s German Ally
________ (ed) Honecker’s Germany
M. Fulbrook The Fontana History of Germany, 1918-1990, esp. pt. 2
________* Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR 1949-89
A. McCardle East Germany
M. McCauley* The German Democratic Republic since 1945
________ Marxism-Leninism in the German Democratic Republic
A. McElvoy The Saddled Cow: East Germany’s Life and Legacy
P. O’Doherty ‘The GDR in the Context of Stalinist Show Trials and Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe 1948-54’, Ger Hist 1992, 302-17
*Ross, The East German Dictatorship
M. Simmons The Unloved Country
J. Steele Socialism with a German Face/Inside East Germany
C. Stern Ulbricht: A Political Biography
J Thomaneck Politics, Society and Government in the GDR
17 June 1953
A. Baring* Uprising in East Germany
U. Wengst ‘Der Aufstand am 17. Juni 1953 in der DDR’, Vierteljahreshefte f. Zg. 1993, 277-321

The Mature GDR

M. Dennis The German Democratic Republic
L.H. Letgers The German Democratic Republic: A Developed Socialist Society
H. Lippmann Honecker
P.C. Ludz The Changing Party Elite in East Germany
________ The German Democratic Republic from the Sixties to the Seventies
J. Roesler ‘The Rise and Fall of the Planned Economy in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-89’, Ger Hist 1991
K. Sontheimer The Government and Politics of East Germany
I Wallace (ed) The GDR in the 1980’s

The GDR and the National Question

A.J. McAdams Germany Divided: From the Wall to Reunification
D. Staritz ‘The SED, Stalin, and the German Question’, Ger Hist 1992, 274-89

The Collapse of East Germany

D. Bark/Gress A History of West Germany, pt. 2 (Democracy and its Discontents), pp. 588 ff.
E. Boa Women and the Wende: Social Effects and Cultural Reflections
I. Derbyshire Politics in Germany
G.-J. Glaeßner The German Revolution of 1989: Causes and Consequences
M.D. Hancock German Unification: Process and Outcomes
K. Jarausch The Rush to German Unity
D. Keithly The Collapse of East German Communism
C. Maier Dissolution
P. Neckermann The Unification of Germany, or, The Anatomy of a Peaceful Revolution
R. Popplewell ‘The Stasi and the East German Revolution of 1989’, Contemp Euro Hist 1992