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Unities in many ways “perfectly ordinary lives”Using the rich resources of the newly opened GDR archives Mary Fulbrook investigates these conflicting narratives She explores the transformation of East German society from the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich to a modernizing industrial state People's State East PDFEPUB #182 She examines changing conceptions of normality within an authoritarian political People's State Ea. This book is intended towards academic audiences or those who are mainly interested in the affairs of East Germany DDR Unfamiliar readers will surely find it hard to catch up with the terms political events mentioned in this book as well as the sporadical topics contained in this work by Mary Fulbrook The writing of social history in this book concerns about encompassing the accounts of everyday life of the people as opposed to the repressive institutional structure central policy formation and the effects of resistance to politically driven policies as having been outlined in many literatures read Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder for example for some accounts about how the East German state security apparatus the Stasi worked on surveillance For readers who are still unfamiliar with chronological timeline of the DDR I would recommend watching a TV mini series called Das war die DDR Eine Geschichte des anderen Deutschlands That was the GDR A History of the other Germany which was released in 1993 It s available on YouTube The 7 episodes of this TV mini series which is brought in the forms of documentary interviews and archival footage brings an interesting introduction to the East German regime Actually there are much information which has been mentioned in Fulbrook s book is covered in the TV series such as the matters of life and death health condition and environmental concern development of economic policy throughout 40 years history of the DDR and a number of other issues The main difference would be that Fulbrook s book draws a huge chunk of its analysis on statistical data and archives mainly from DDR official archives and second hand data from previously done researchAnd not to mention that the main interesting point of Fulbrook s research in East Germany would be the idea of participatory dictatorship Many historians in the past have attributed communist regimes in Eastern Europe the label of totalitarianism with characterisations such as restrictions on freedom of travel suppression on freedom of thoughts and expression as well as low treatment of the basic human rights However Fulbrook s research actually began in the mid 1990s with the uestion in mind about some former East German citizens with whom she happened to be acuainted who gave different viewpoint of their lives in the former DDR They described their experiences and lives before 1989 as a perfectly normal life or in German would be ein ganz normales Leben Life in the former DDR turns out to have complexities rather than the black and white viewpoint of totalitarianism as offered by many historians History often highlighted several dark instances of the Cold War history such as the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961 the Prague Spring in 1968 and many historical failings of the experiments of the actually existing socialism However there are many individual stories that could be told which do not exist inside history textbooks Stories of love stories of pain and struggle stories of happiness and achievement stories of boredom and gloom And in her attempt to explain the notion of participatory dictatorship in this book Fulbrook has successfully outlined the uniue circumstance of relations between the state and the people in former East Germany and how the construction of vision of a good society was implemented in a nation built over the ruins of Nazi Germany

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The People's State East German Society from Hitler to Honecker

St German Society MOBI #224 system and provides extraordinary insights into the ways in which individuals perceived their rights and actively sought to shape their own livesReplacing the simplistic black and white concept of “totalitarianism” by the notion of a “participatory dictatorship” this book seeks to reinstate People's State East German Society MOBI #224 the East German people as actors in their own history. By far the most intriguing aspect of this work for me was the vast amount of public attitudes data the DDR amassed both via official surveys and the semi freedom that DDR citizens had to write to various levels of government reuestingsuggesting aid to social ills as memorably illustrated in Goodbye Lenin with the mother s letter writing on behalf of residents of her tower block which did to an extent effect the focus of DDR Government programmes creating a kind of almost there democratic response system to social ills that didn t transgress the official desiresOverall the impression this book gave me if one holds one s nose as to the well documented crimes of the regime is that the DDR s communist leadership while trying to maintain their own control did seem to have a genuine desire to look after their people but the lag effect of so unevolving a system as a one party gerontocracy meant that at any one time the state was busily dealing with the last generation s problems and so unable to prevent disuiet from growing in the current

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What was State East Epub #221 life really like for East Germans effectively imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain The headline stories of Cold War spies and surveillance by the secret police of political repression and corruption do not tell the whole story After the unification of Germany in many East Germans remembered their lives The People's ePUB #192 as interesting varied and full of educational career and leisure opport. Mmmm Mixed feelings on this I was disappointed there wasn t even a real introduction to how the DDR came about and key features of the regime She expects you to have read widely on the subject beforehand I think all her points are no doubt valid but they need to be in context I shall now search for a comprehensive history of the DDR


10 thoughts on “The People's State East German Society from Hitler to Honecker

  1. says:

    I made slow progress reading this maybe I've gone off literacy or perhaps it was pre election tension relived by election night pleasures view spoiler of the innocent varieties since I stuck to drinking water and was not involved in electoral fraud hide spoiler

  2. says:

    I really do love Fulbrook for her insights into the lives of those living in the GDR post WWII I'm pretty sure this love is well developed from

  3. says:

    Mmmm Mixed feelings on this I was disappointed there wasn't even a real introduction to how the DDR came about and key features of the regime She expects you to have read widely on the subject beforehand I think all her points are no doubt v

  4. says:

    Not bad but the bias was definitely over the top at some points despite the rave reviews about this book being neutral It also works off of the premise that capitalism is good Points for discussing de nazification women's rights and the eingaben though

  5. says:

    This book is intended towards academic audiences or those who are mainly interested in the affairs of East Germany DDR Unfamiliar readers will surely find it hard to catch up with the terms political events mentioned in this book as

  6. says:

    Some interesting work here about the gray areas of life under the GDR how it both facilitated social society while also being run as a paranoid and increasingly decrepit garrison state Could have used a historical narrative

  7. says:

    By far the most intriguing aspect of this work for me was the vast amount of public attitudes data the DDR amassed

  8. says:

    An interesting book in that it focuses not only on the coercion that existed in the GDR but also on the fact that people were able to lead perfectly ordinary lives Ordinary within the context of the Wall and the Stasi that is Fulbrook calls it a participatory dictatorship As long as you stayed away from certain taboo topics freedom to travel to the West freedom of expression you were fine I would have rated this book higher but for some rea

  9. says:

    Interesting enjoyable social history for the DDR GDRFulbrook does an admirable job analyzing life in East Germany without falling into apologia or the totalitarian thesisHighly recommended for anyone interested in

  10. says:

    This book is one of the few studies which shows both the achievements and historical failings of socialist experiment in East Germany It provides good emprical information on the social history of the DDR and non pretentious analysis on the subject