Socialist Modern

This book explores the ways in which modernity shaped the relationship between socialist state and society in East Germany.

Socialist Modern

This book explores the ways in which modernity shaped the relationship between socialist state and society in East Germany. The reunification of Germany in 1989 may have put an end to the experiment in East German communism, but its historical assessment is far from over. Where most of the literature over the past two decades has been driven by the desire to uncover the relationship between power and resistance, complicity and consent, more recent scholarship has tended to concentrate on the everyday history of East German citizens. experience of life in East Germany, with a particular view toward addressing the question: what did modernity mean for East German state and society? As such, the collection moves beyond the conceptual divide between state-level politics and everyday life so as to bring into sharper focus the specific contours of the GDR's unique experiment in Cold War socialism. What unites all the essays is the question of how the very tensions around socialist modernity shaped the views, memories and actions of East Germans over four decades. the Cold War, Eastern Europe, the history of communism, European social history and the history of everyday life, gender history, as well as modernity and socialist popular culture.

Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany

12 Rather than a victim, Heisig was an active participant who stood up for his
beliefs about what art in East Germany should be. In the 1960s, he played a key
—if now overlooked—role in the development of a modern style of painting in
East ...

Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany

One of the first books to extend the currently burgeoning scholarship on East Germany to the visual arts, revealing that painting, like literature and film, was a space of contestation.

Directory of East German Officials

GERMAN GYMNASTIC AND SPORT ASSOCIATION ( Cont'd ) German Football (
Soccer ) Federation President : RIEDEL ... Horst ( SED ) Sec Gen : KEMPA ,
Heinz ( SED ) Nov 66 Jan 65 Nov 66 Apr 66 German Modern Pentathlon
Federation ...

Directory of East German Officials


Modern Germany

The East Germans are also well provided with crèches, play groups, schools and
medical services. The pressures for a high-level school and pre-school provision
were, it should be added, unusually strong: the GDR has one of the highest ...

Modern Germany

Modern Germany presents a comprehensive overview and interpretation of the development of Germany in the twentieth century, a country whose history has decisively shaped the map and the politics of modern Europe and the world in which we live. Professor Berghahn is not merely concerned with politics diplomacy, but also with social change, economic performance and industrial relations. For this new edition Professor Berghahn has broadened and extended his discussion of the two Germanies. He also has updated the tables and bibliography.

Death in East Germany 1945 1990

of. modern. german. sepuLChraL. CuLture.. Historically,. attitudes to death have
gone through manifold changes. For example, gravediggers in the cities of early-
modern Germany had a status similar to that of the executioner: they were ...

Death in East Germany  1945 1990

As the first historical study of East Germany's sepulchral culture, this book explores the complex cultural responses to death since the Second World War. Topics include the interrelated areas of the organization and municipalization of the undertaking industry; the steps taken towards a socialist cemetery culture such as issues of design, spatial layout, and commemorative practices; the propagation of cremation as a means of disposal; the wide-spread introduction of anonymous communal areas for the internment of urns; and the emergence of socialist and secular funeral rituals. The author analyses the manifold changes to the system of the disposal of the dead in East Germany-a society that not only had to negotiate the upheaval of military defeat but also urbanization, secularization, a communist regime, and a planned economy. Stressing a comparative approach, the book reveals surprising similarities to the development of Western countries but also highlights the intricate local variations within the GDR and sheds more light on the East German state and its society.

East Germany

The development of clear psychological differences between those in the East
and those in the West could form the basis for the success of ... The Party of
Democratic Socialism in Germany : Modern Post - Communism or Nostalgic
Populism ?

East Germany

A collection of papers first presented at a colloquium for postgraduate students held at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham 1998.

Recasting East Germany

Karl Koch is Professor of Modern Languages at South Bank University. Eva
Kolinsky is Professor of Modern German Studies at Keele University. Rosalind
Pritchard is Reader in Education at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Hans
Oswald is ...

Recasting East Germany

The transformation of east Germany since unification has wrought vast changes in the economy and in society and left deep scars as the types of social protection offered by the centralised socialism of the previous regime gave way to uncertainties and individualised life chances. Social Transformation in Eastern Germany investigates the deep economic and social processes which east Germany has undergone, highlighting the restructuring, the social impacts and the stresses of adjustment experienced by key social groups whose workplace and social context has been recast almost out of recognition since 1990.

The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

EAST VERSUS WEST 1. Mary Elise Sarotte, Dealing with the Devil: East
Germany, Détente, and Ostpolitik, 1969–1973 (Chapel Hill, 2001), p. 249, note
48. 2. BAK/B137/8474: Interview des Bundeskanzlers mit sid, 23 March 1971. 3.
William ...

The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

The 1972 Munich Olympics were intended to showcase the New Germany and replace lingering memories of the Third Reich. In this cultural and political history of the Munich Olympics, the authors set these games into both the context of 1972 and the history of the modern Olympiad.

Modern Germany Reconsidered

Sontheimer and Wilhelm Bleek, The Government and Politics of East Germany (
New York: Hutchinson, 1975); Arnold J.Heidenheimer, The Governments of
Germany, 4th edn (New York: St Martins Press, 1977); Kenneth H.F.Dyson, Party,
 ...

Modern Germany Reconsidered

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Civil Society and Dictatorship in Modern German History

rie der DDR 1950 bis 1958,” in Karl Lauschke and Thomas Welskopp, eds.,
Mikropolitik im Unternehmen. ... 2006); Mark Landsman, Dictatorship and
Demand: The Politics of Consumerism in East germany (Cambridge, Mass., 2005
); Jonathan ...

Civil Society and Dictatorship in Modern German History

A consideration of twentieth-century German social history and the legacies of the two dictatorships

Modern Germany

Public-service broadcasters (öffentlich-rechtliche Anstalten) After the Second
World War, broadcasting systems developed in both East and West Germany
which were based solely on the principle of non- private ownership. In the GDR,
as ...

Modern Germany

Modern Germany examines all aspects of contemporary political, economic, social and cultural life in the new Germany. Using a clearly structured approach and accessible language, the contributors explain the electoral and political systems and underline the significance of the Federal system in Germany. They discuss problems in the education system and social provision and also chronicles recent changes in the German economy and industry. Modern Germany also describes the media landscape of the nation and the recent reforms to the German language.

Becoming East German

Andreas Agocs is visiting assistant professor for modern European history at the
University of the Pacific in California. ... The People's State: East German Society
from Hitler to Honecker (2005), as well as writing and editing many other books.

Becoming East German

For roughly the first decade after the demise of the GDR, professional and popular interpretations of East German history concentrated primarily on forms of power and repression, as well as on dissent and resistance to communist rule. Socio-cultural approaches have increasingly shown that a single-minded emphasis on repression and coercion fails to address a number of important historical issues, including those related to the subjective experiences of those who lived under communist regimes. With that in mind, the essays in this volume explore significant physical and psychological aspects of life in the GDR, such as health and diet, leisure and dining, memories of the Nazi past, as well as identity, sports, and experiences of everyday humiliation. Situating the GDR within a broader historical context, they open up new ways of interpreting life behind the Iron Curtain – while providing a devastating critique of misleading mainstream scholarship, which continues to portray the GDR in the restrictive terms of totalitarian theory.

Subsidization and Structural Change in Eastern Germany

It was and still is an important argument pro investment subsidization that
investment in a modern capital stock is urgently needed to raise labour
productivity in eastern Germany and to close the wide gap which existed
between east and west ...

Subsidization and Structural Change in Eastern Germany

Economic policy interventions of a scale as effected in Eastern Germany can be expected to have a significant impact on the economy. The question whether investment subsidization as a core policy instrument is a suitable measure to initiate a self-sustaining upswing in the Eastern German economy and an improvement of living standards has been reason for dispute since the beginning of transition. Using econometric techniques, the study analyzes the effects of investment subsidies on economic structure, employment and productivity in the Eastern German industry. The study suggests that there is a need for redesigning subsidization and changing infrastructure and labor market policies.

East Europe

In East Germany an overly ambitious attempt to create a local aircraft industry
was finally scrapped in 1961. Thus the Warsaw Pact armies came to be fully
equipped with modern Soviet - type equipment and weapons , partly of local ...

East Europe


Synthetic Socialism

Plastics and Dictatorship in the German Democratic Republic Eli Rubin ... See
also Plattenbau; P2 Ratioküche (East German modern kitchen model) 99–102
Rationalization, in the home, 103–4 Research Council (Forschungsrat), 166 ...

Synthetic Socialism

Eli Rubin takes an innovative approach to consumer culture to explore questions of political consensus and consent and the impact of ideology on everyday life in the former East Germany. Synthetic Socialism explores the history of East Germany through the production and use of a deceptively simple material: plastic. Rubin investigates the connections between the communist government, its Bauhaus-influenced designers, its retooled postwar chemical industry, and its general consumer population. He argues that East Germany was neither a totalitarian state nor a niche society but rather a society shaped by the confluence of unique economic and political circumstances interacting with the concerns of ordinary citizens. To East Germans, Rubin says, plastic was a high-technology material, a symbol of socialism's scientific and economic superiority over capitalism. Most of all, the state and its designers argued, plastic goods were of a particularly special quality, not to be thrown away like products of the wasteful West. Rubin demonstrates that this argument was accepted by the mainstream of East German society, for whom the modern, socialist dimension of a plastics-based everyday life had a deep resonance.

The Body of the People

The material in this book has been shaped by over fifteen years of research on
dance in East Germany, though I have been ... Such ignorance was emblematic
of East Germany's engagement with the German modern dance tradition. When I
 ...

The Body of the People

The Body of the People is the first comprehensive study of dance and choreography in East Germany. More than twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Jens Richard Giersdorf investigates a national dance history in the German Democratic Republic, from its founding as a Communist state that supplanted the Soviet zone of occupation in 1949 through the aftermath of its collapse forty years later, examining complex themes of nationhood, ideology, resistance, and diaspora through an innovative mix of archival research, critical theory, personal narrative, and performance analysis. Giersdorf looks closely at uniquely East German dance forms—including mass exercise events, national folk dances, Marxist-Leninist visions staged by the dance ensemble of the armed forces, the vast amateur dance culture, East Germany’s version of Tanztheater, and socialist alternatives to rock ‘n’ roll—to demonstrate how dance was used both as a form of corporeal utopia and of embodied socialist propaganda and indoctrination. The Body of the People also explores the artists working in the shadow of official culture who used dance and movement to critique and resist state power, notably Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Arila Siegert, and Fine Kwiatkowski. Giersdorf considers a myriad of embodied responses to the Communist state even after reunification, analyzing the embodiment of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the works of Jo Fabian and Sasha Waltz, and the diasporic traces of East German culture abroad, exemplified by the Chilean choreographer Patricio Bunster.

A History of Modern Germany Since 1815

MODERN. GENERATION: WEST. AND. EAST. GERMANY. AFTER. THE.
MIRACLE,. 1973–89 In 1983, Hanne Darboven completed a work entitled
Cultural History 1880–1983. It consists of 1590 “sheets” contained in identical
wooden frames, ...

A History of Modern Germany Since 1815

Germany continues to fascinate us into the twenty-first century because, unlike the history or national existence of other European states, its very being has been posed as a question. Why was there no unified German state until late in the nineteenth century? How did Germany become an industrial power? What responsibility does Germany bear for the two World Wars? This accessible but authoritative study attempts to answer these and other fundamental questions through looking at the economic, social, political and cultural forces which have created modern Germany. The 1848 revolutions ushered in an age of Realism which saw rapid economic development and the creation of the Bismarckian empire. However, by the early twentieth century Germany's economic expansion and position as a world power began to fracture and growing internal, economic, social and political contradictions led it, with disastrous results, into the First World War and the subsequent Weimar Republic. Hitler and the Nazi movement proposed a 'revolution' and the creation of a 'German style' and the Second World War/Holocaust is, arguably, the defining event of the twentieth century. The Americanization of the German economy and society, the 'economic miracle' and euphoria of reunification have in recent years rapidly given way to disillusionment as the major political parties have failed to master outstanding social and environmental problems. The 'German question' - Germany's place within the European Union - continues to be unanswered even within an EU where it is the dominant economic power.

Preservation and National Belonging in Eastern Germany

modern. nostalgia. In this and the previous chapter I have highlighted points of
resemblancebetween theHeimat fantasy andvisions ofcultural loss voiced by
East German preservation activists on the one hand, and the visions of homeland
and ...

Preservation and National Belonging in Eastern Germany

Drawing on cultural anthropology and cultural studies, this book sheds new light on the everyday politics of heritage and memory by illuminating local, everyday engagements with Germanness through heritage fetishism, claims to hometown belonging, and the performative appropriation of cultural property.

Contemporary East German Poetry

... his lonely course towards an even darker moment in modern history . The
allusion is to the departure of yet another poet and friend , Sarah Kirsch , who ( in
the poem ) leaps from her seventeenth - floor East Berlin apartment and lands
safely ...

Contemporary East German Poetry


Modern German Political Drama 1980 2000

However , Erich Honecker , the first secretary of the GDR since 1971 , refused to
acknowledge the growing discontent of the East German population , and in fear
of losing the hegemony of his party , adopted a tough line against all attempts at ...

Modern German Political Drama  1980 2000

A comprehensive survey of the renaissance of the German political drama in the years surrounding reunification.