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Dictatorship as Experience
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Preface
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Beyond Uniformity: The Challenge of Historicizing the GDR
Konrad H. Jarausch

PART I: THE THEORETICAL PROBLEM OF DICTATORSHIP

Chapter 1. The GDR: A Special Kind of Modern Dictatorship
Jurgen Kocka

Chapter 2. Modernization and Modernization Blockages in GDR Society
Detlef Pollack

Chapter 3. Care and Coercion: The GDR as Welfare Dictatorship
Konrad H. Jarausch

PART II: MECHANISMS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION

Chapter 4. From Dismantling to Currency Reform: External Origins of the Dictatorship, 1943-1948
Jochen Laufer

Chapter 5. Foreign Influences on the Dictatorial Development of the GDR, 1949-1955
Michael Lemke

Chapter 6. Repression and Tolerance as Methods of Rule in Communist Societies
Mario Kessler and Thomas Klein

PART III: MEANS OF SOCIAL CONTROL

Chapter 7. Creating State Socialist Governance: The Case of the Deutsche Volkspolizei
Thomas Lindenberger

Chapter 8. Food Supply in a Planned Economy: SED Nutrition Policy between Crisis Response and Popular Needs
Burghard Ciesla and Patrice G. Poutrus

Chapter 9. The Myth of Female Emancipation: Contradictions in Women's Lives
Leonore Ansorg and Renate Hurtgen

Chapter 10. The Socialist Glass Ceiling: Limits to Female Careers
Dagmar Langenhan and Sabine Ross

PART IV: CULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF DOMINATION

Chapter 11. Dictatorship as Discourse: Cultural Perspectives on SED Legitimacy
Martin Sabrow

Chapter 12. The Fettered Media: Controlling Public Debate
Simone Barck, Christoph Classen and Thomas Heimann

Chapter 13. Criticism and Censorship: Negotiating Cabaret Performance and Book Production
Sylvia Kloetzer and Siegfried Lokatis

Chapter 14. The Pivotal Cadres: Leadership Styles and Self-Images of GDR-Elites
Arnd Bauerkamper and Jurgen Danyel

PART V: TEMPORAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Chapter 15. Stagnation or Change? Transformations of the Workplace in the GDR
Peter Hubner

Chapter 16. The Hitler Youth Generation in the GDR: Insecurities, Ambitions and Dilemmas
Dorothee Wierling

Chapter 17. Reforming Socialism? The Changing of the Guard from Ulbricht to Honecker during the 1960s
Monika Kaiser

Chapter 18. Mobility and Blockage during the 1970s
Ralph Jessen

PART VI: POSTSCRIPT

Chapter 19. Rethinking the Second German Dictatorship
Christoph Klessmann

Selected Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

About the Author

Konrad H. Jarausch is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Director of the Zentrum fur Zeithistorische Studien in Potsdam, Germany.

Reviews

"The essays presented display a realm of vibrant historical inquiry. Many of the chapters significantly expand our understanding of the complexity of GDR society." * Central European History

"This is certainly the best single volume on the social and cultural history of the GDR in English, and indeed ranks highly among works in German as well." * German Politics

"What emerges from this collection is a picture of a complex society that was neither fully modern nor fully totalitarian ... The dense book provides an illuminating discussion of the difficulties inherent in characterizing the GDR and, in so doing, points the reader in directions that might prove more fruitful." * German Studies Review

"The contributions represent sound research, employing use of new archival sources, interviews and oral history, as well as rich secondary literature ... The volume merits high marks for its theoretical and empirical import." * The Historian

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