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Epilogue: The House of Spirits: 1989, Civil Rights and the Reclamation of Private Life

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/9780199208845.003.0009
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

The Epilogue tackles 1989 and its aftermath, mostly in terms of the manifold forms of the reassertion of private life in the 1990s. How and why private life has featured so prominently in post-1989 ... 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


Mass Espionage: Western Spying in Germany 1945–61

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/9780199267507.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses that traditional espionage using human spies peaked in Germany in the years 1945-1961. It explains two goals in conducting espionage in East Germany: to provide warning of any ... More


Audibility Is a Trap: Aural Panopticon in The Lives of Others (2006)

Christiane Lenk

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century: An Introduction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199759392
eISBN:
9780199918911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759392.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Das Leben der Anderen shows surveillance by the Stasi as an integral part of the East German past. Yet surveillance is not solely achieved through sight, but more ... More


Introduction

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/9780199589630.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

This chapter introduces the challenges that theatre presented to those seeking to control it in the GDR. It argues that an inclusive approach is necessary in order to understand GDR theatre ... More


Holding the Line: Policing the Open Border

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/9780199243280.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Turns to the counter‐measures to the open border in the fifties, adopted by East German authorities forced to walk a tightrope between repression and liberalization, either of which could accelerate ... More


Wanderlust: Travel, Emigration and the Movement

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/9780199243280.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Uses petitions to the Security section of the East German communist party to monitor the Wanderlust of East Germans seeking to take advantage of the travel reforms enacted in the wake of Ostpolitik ... More


Demolition on Karl Marx Square: Cultural Barbarism and the People's State in 1968

Andrew Demshuk

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190645120
eISBN:
9780190645151
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190645120.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

Communist East Germany’s demolition of Leipzig’s intact medieval University Church in May 1968 was an act widely decried as “cultural barbarism”. Although overshadowed by the crackdown on Prague ... More


Aporias of Producing Right Consciousness

Andreas Glaeser

in Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226297934
eISBN:
9780226297958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226297958.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

A monolithic intentionality, the unity and the purity of the party (and ideally of the whole population), was the best way to move socialism forward on its inevitable path to communism. This chapter ... More


Stasi Culture—Authority, Networks, and Discourses

Andreas Glaeser

in Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226297934
eISBN:
9780226297958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226297958.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter provides an understanding of how particular understandings become stabilized, are maintained, and decay among a particular set of people. It investigates the structure and dynamics of ... More


Attempting to Know and Control the Opposition

Andreas Glaeser

in Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226297934
eISBN:
9780226297958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226297958.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter describes and analyzes the means used by the secret police to control the formation of dissident groups and their activities in socialist East Germany. It interprets these efforts of the ... More


Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989

Jonathan Haslam and Karina Urbach (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804783590
eISBN:
9780804788915
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804783590.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Like secret intelligence itself, the history of secret intelligence is elusive, for unknowns abound regarding the reliability and completeness of sources, and the motivations behind their release, ... More


The Stasi Confronts Western Strategies for Transformation, 1966–1975

Oliver Bange

in Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804783590
eISBN:
9780804788915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804783590.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Looking at East Germany (or the German Democratic Republic, GDR), Oliver Bange points out how intelligence gathering and analysis under dictatorship is hindered by mirror-imaging the adversary’s ... More


‘Bulk Surveillance’, or The Elegant Technicities of Metadata

Mark Coté

in Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409483
eISBN:
9781474426954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409483.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Metadata has jumped from the specialist vernacular of the archivist and programmer to public discourse in the wake of the Snowden revelations. Yet the precise nature and import of this seemingly ... More


Ollie Harrington: His Portrait Drawn on the Basis of East German (GDR) Secret Service Files

Aribert Schroeder

in Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737844
eISBN:
9781604737851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737844.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines how race in America was depicted in East Germany by focusing on the life of African American cartoonist and journalist Oliver Wendell Harrington. Harrington, who used his ... More


Introduction

Andrew Demshuk

in Demolition on Karl Marx Square: Cultural Barbarism and the People's State in 1968

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190645120
eISBN:
9780190645151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190645120.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

After establishing the main arguments and stakes of the overall project, the introduction lays out the evolving power structures of Communist East Germany to explain who was responsible for the ... More


The Buildup to Detonation in 1968

Andrew Demshuk

in Demolition on Karl Marx Square: Cultural Barbarism and the People's State in 1968

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190645120
eISBN:
9780190645151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190645120.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

The final progression toward demolishing the University Church in 1968 reveals a regime that not only veiled the whole affair in secrecy, but strove to more effectively terrify and divide its ... More


A French Intifada?

Robert S. Leiken

in Europe's Angry Muslims: The Revolt of The Second Generation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780195328974
eISBN:
9780190252748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195328974.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter examines the perceived rise of radical Islam and religious terrorism in France and the predicaments of the country's second-generation Muslims. It begins with an overview of the outbreak ... More


Plattenbau Panopticon: The Stasi, Durchherrschung, and the New Housing Settlements

Eli Rubin

in Amnesiopolis: Modernity, Space, and Memory in East Germany

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198732266
eISBN:
9780191796579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732266.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter explores the darker side of state-built utopia; namely, the extent to which the East German secret police, the “Stasi,” were involved in the entire Marzahn project. It argues that the ... More


The ‘iron cage’: Coming to terms with the present

Mary Fulbrook

in Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199287208
eISBN:
9780191804335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199287208.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the repression and violence in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It discusses the support of Soviet Union forces to the German communist dictatorship and the establishment ... More


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