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The Democratic Culture of Unified Germany

Dieter Fuchs

in Critical Citizens: Global Support for Democratic Government

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198295686
eISBN:
9780191600043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198295685.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Taking the example of unified Germany, this chapter examines how a democratic culture can develop among people who have lived for decades in an autocratic state. The first section outlines the ... More


East Germany: Incorporation, Tainted Truth, and the Double Division

Jan‐Werner Müller

in The Politics of Memory and Democratization

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199240906
eISBN:
9780191598869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199240906.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Democratization

The East German case of transitional justice is unique in more ways than one: whereas in other Central and Eastern European countries dictatorships disappeared, in East Germany the country ... More


Women's Representation in Germany: A Comparison of East and West

Joanne Bay Brzinski

in Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199246861
eISBN:
9780191601965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246866.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter examines women’s representation in East and West Germany. The variables that explain when and where women achieve representation work as well in the East as in the West. In both regions, ... More


Securing Building Permits

Mary Elise Sarotte

in 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691163710
eISBN:
9781400852307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691163710.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter details how Helmut Kohl still had to secure building permits to start work even after the prefab model emerged as the winner among the models. Kohl particularly had to convince Gorbachev ... More


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


After the Expulsion: West Germany and Eastern Europe 1945-1990

Pertti Ahonen

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199259892
eISBN:
9780191717451
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259892.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This book connects two central problems encountered by the Federal Republic of Germany prior to reunification in 1990, both of them rooted in the Second World War. Domestically, the country had to ... 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


Corporate Networks in Eastern Germany

PAUL WINDOLF

in Corporate Networks in Europe and the United States

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199256976
eISBN:
9780191719639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256976.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies

This chapter deals with corporate networks in East Germany. Corporate networks and the reconstitution of traditions are of particular importance for the transformation process in East Germany. The ... More


Unity Postponed: The SED and the Founding of the GDR

DIRK SPILKER

in The East German Leadership and the Division of Germany: Patriotism and Propaganda 1945-1953

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199284122
eISBN:
9780191712579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284122.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter, which covers 1948 and 1949, chronicles the breakup of Germany into two separate states, East Germany and West Germany, and the reaction of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) to ... More


The East German Leadership and the Division of Germany: Patriotism and Propaganda 1945-1953

Dirk Spilker

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199284122
eISBN:
9780191712579
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284122.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Would it have been possible to build a unified and democratic Germany half a century before the fall of the Berlin Wall? This book reassesses this question by exploring Germany's division after World ... More


Learning Democracy: Democratic and Economic Values in Unified Germany

Robert Rohrschneider

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198295174
eISBN:
9780191685088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295174.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

The fall of the Berlin wall raised many questions about Germany and post-socialist countries. Given East Germany's authoritarian history, how democratic are its citizens now? What kind of democracy ... More


Cultures of care: Biographies of carers in Britain and the two Germanies

Prue Chamberlayne

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861341662
eISBN:
9781447302018
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.001.0001
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

This book explores the experiences of informal home carers in the different welfare systems of the former West Germany and East Germany, and Britain. It is innovative in using a biographical case ... 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


Limits of Diffusion: Computing in the Soviet Union, German Democratic Republic and Eastern Europe

James W. Cortada

in The Digital Flood: The Diffusion of Information Technology Across the U.S., Europe, and Asia

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199921553
eISBN:
9780199980406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199921553.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter reviews the arrival, adoption and use of computers in Communist Europe of the 1950s through the 1980s and includes a discussion of post Communist computing in the region into the 2000s. ... More


Socialism's Social Contract: Individual Citizen Petitions

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/9780199208845.003.0007
Subject:
History, Social History, Economic History

Over the years, the GDR has gained a reputation (especially in West Germany) as a cranky and unremitting ‘complainer culture.’ Yet the perception of the GDR as a veritable ‘grumble Gesellschaft’ was ... More


A Failed Experiment

Stefan Sperling

in Reasons of Conscience: The Bioethics Debate in Germany

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924311
eISBN:
9780226924335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924335.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter explores the complicated relations between postwar East and West Germany. It explores the moment of reunification. It discusses various shifts in national consciousness as well as ... More


East Germany – the push out of the home

Prue Chamberlayne and Annette King

in Cultures of care: Biographies of carers in Britain and the two Germanies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861341662
eISBN:
9781447302018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.003.0003
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

This chapter examines the system of informal care in East Germany. It describes five caring situations, three dating from many years before the unification and two which began in the turmoil of that ... More


Grounds for Discontent?: Coffee from the Black Market to the Kaffeeklatsch in the GDR

Katherine Pence

in Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199827657
eISBN:
9780199950461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827657.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

Coffee, a nation-wide addiction in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), was chronically hard to come by. From the rationing period after 1945 to an acute crisis and outright protests in 1977, the ... More


Shop Around the Bloc: Trader Tourism and Its Discontents on the East German–Polish Border

Mark Keck-Szajbel

in Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199827657
eISBN:
9780199950461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827657.003.0015
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

When in the 1970s authorities decided to open borders between East Germany and Poland, the number of tourists traveling to their respective socialist neighbor exploded overnight. This border ... More


The Collapse of the East German State

Sharon Erickson Nepstad

in Nonviolent Revolutions: Civil Resistance in the Late 20th Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199778201
eISBN:
9780199897216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778201.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter focuses on the 1989 East German uprising. East Germans found that shifting international dynamics—linked to Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost policies and Hungary’s decision to open ... More


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