After the 'socialist Spring': Collectivisation and Economic Transformation in the GDR (BOK)

George Last

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Historical analysis of the German Democratic Republic has tended to adopt a top-down model of the transmission of authority. However, developments were more complicated than the standard state/society dichotomy that has dominated the debate among GDR historians. Drawing on a broad range of archival material from state and SED party sources as well as Stasi files and individual farm records along with some oral history interviews, this book provides a thorough investigation of the transformation of the rural sector from a range of perspectives. Focusing on the region of Bezirk Erfurt, the author examines on the one hand how East Germans responded to the end of private farming by resisting, manipulating but also participating in the new system of rural organization. However, he also shows how the regime sought via its representatives to implement its aims with a combination of compromise and material incentive as well as administrative pressure and other more draconian measures. The reader thus gains valuable insight into the processes by which the SED regime attained stability in the 1970s and yet was increasingly vulnerable to growing popular dissatisfaction and economic stagnation and decline in the 1980s, leading to its eventual collapse.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2009
Forfatter George Last Forlag
Berghahn Books
ISBN 9781845455521 Antall sider 250
Dimensjoner 16,2cm x 23,7cm x 2,2cm Vekt 538 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form European history, Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Economic history