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Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the Frontiers of Power

Patrick Major

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199243280
eISBN:
9780191714061
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243280.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Few historical changes occur literally overnight, but on 13 August 1961 18 million East Germans awoke to find themselves walled in by an edifice which was to become synonymous with the Cold War: the ... More


The FDJ and the Building of the Berlin Wall

ALAN McDOUGALL

in Youth Politics in East Germany: The Free German Youth Movement 1946-1968

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199276271
eISBN:
9780191706028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276271.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The FDJ's transformation into a ‘socialist youth organization’ in April 1957 finally resolved the identity crisis that had clouded its existence during the previous eighteen months. Freed from the ... More


After the Wall

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

This final chapter offers reflections on the way in which the Berlin Wall's legacies have been addressed in post-unification Germany in general and Berlin in particular. The chapter argues that the ... More


The East–West clash at its peak

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0003
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter covers the timespan between August–September 1961 and the period around the first anniversary of the Wall's construction in late summer 1962. During this time, the Cold War East–West ... More


The Wall and its victims in the 1970s

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter addresses the 1970s, a period characterized by a continuation of key trends rooted in the previous decade. In the West, accommodation with the Berlin Wall and national division advanced. ... More


The Wall dead and the rise of détente

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0006
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter follows the advance of détente into the late 1960s, a formative period that set enduring patterns. The partial relaxation of Cold War tensions had divergent effects in the two Germanys. ... More


The Wall comes tumbling down

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0008
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter covers the 1980s, culminating in the ‘fall’ of the Wall and the GDR's subsequent collapse. It argues, however, that the collapse was not easily foreseeable and that the GDR appeared to ... More


Walled in: 13 August 1961

Patrick Major

in Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the Frontiers of Power

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199243280
eISBN:
9780191714061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243280.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Traces local responses by East Germans to Sunday the Thirteenth—13 August 1961—the day the Berlin Wall was erected. Initial reactions were stunned, but the prohibition of visits from West Berliners ... More


The Western Secret Services and the Wall

Paul Maddrell

in Spying on Science: Western Intelligence in Divided Germany 1945-1961

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199267507
eISBN:
9780191708404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267507.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses the tactics imposed by the DDR and the USSR to close the border. It explains that Khrushchev stopped the flight of refugees and the subversive work of the Western secret ... More


The Wall goes up

Pertti Ahonen

in Death at the Berlin Wall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199546305
eISBN:
9780191725036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546305.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter begins with the erection of the Wall on 13 August 1961 and moves on to analyse the ways in which the barrier was promptly instrumentalized for political purposes by both Germanys. It ... More


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