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Author Grieder, Peter, 1968-
Title The German Democratic Republic / Peter Grieder.
Publisher Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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Descript xviii, 155 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Map of the GDR -- Introduction: Concepts -- Conception, 1945-1949 -- Construction, 1949-1960 -- Consolidation, 1961-1971 -- Conservativism, 1971-1977 -- Crisis, 1977-1989 -- Collapse, 1989-1990 -- Conclusion: Obituary --Bibliography.
Summary "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.""--Publisher's website.
ISBN 9780230579378 (alk. paper)
023057937X (alk. paper)
Series Studies in European history
Studies in European history (Basingstoke, England)
Subject Germany (East) -- History.
Germany (East) -- Politics and government.
Communism -- Germany (East) -- History.

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