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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


Language and German Disunity: A Sociolinguistic History of East and West in Germany, 1945-2000

Patrick Stevenson

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198299707
eISBN:
9780191708053
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299707.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book investigates the history of national disunity in Germany since the end of the Second World War from a linguistic perspective: what was the role of language in the ideological conflicts of ... More


Cooperation and Conflict: GDR Theatre Censorship, 1961-1989

Laura Bradley

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589630
eISBN:
9780191595479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589630.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the authorities in the German Democratic Republic always denied that they practised censorship. Their denial had a major impact on the language and ... More


East German Conversions to Islam after the Collapse of the Berlin Wall

Esra Özyürek

in Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691162782
eISBN:
9781400852710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691162782.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes the conversion and life-story narratives of two East Germans who both grew up during the closed, authoritarian regime of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). When the wall ... More


Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Paul Betts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199208845
eISBN:
9780191594755
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208845.001.0001
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

Private life in the German Democratic Republic is often seen as having been virtually non-existent, simply another East German commodity forever in short supply. In part this had to do with the ... More


Introduction: Privacy in an Enclosed State

Paul Betts

in Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199208845
eISBN:
9780191594755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208845.003.0001
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

The Introduction locates the argument within the wider secondary source literature, and reconsiders East German social politics and everyday life through an examination of East German norms and ... More


The Tyranny of Intimacy: The Stasi and East German Society

Paul Betts

in Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199208845
eISBN:
9780191594755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208845.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

This chapter sets out to revise common understandings of the infamous Ministry of State Security and its role in East German society. In particular, this chapter aims to reread the Leviathan-like ... More


Intimacy on Display: Getting Divorced in East Berlin

Paul Betts

in Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199208845
eISBN:
9780191594755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208845.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

The frequency and ease of divorce became one of the distinguishing traits of GDR socialism. However, this chapter is not a macro-level discussion of the frequency and causes of marital breakdown in ... More


Honecker’s Children: Youth and Patriotism in East(ern) Germany, 1979–2002

Anna Saunders

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074110
eISBN:
9781781703014
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074110.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

During the final decade of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), young citizens found themselves at the heart of a rigorous programme of socialist patriotic education, yet following the fall of the ... More


Political Patchwork? Regional Experiences of Theatre Censorship

Laura Bradley

in Cooperation and Conflict: GDR Theatre Censorship, 1961-1989

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589630
eISBN:
9780191595479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589630.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

This chapter explores regional experiences of theatre censorship in the 1960s and 1970s. There were significant regional variations in the way that theatre censorship was practised during this ... More


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