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Bowling for Communism: Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany

Andrew Demshuk


This book illuminates how civic life functioned in Leipzig, East Germany's second-largest city, on the eve of the 1989 revolution by exploring acts of “urban ingenuity” amid catastrophic urban decay. The book profiles the creative activism of local communist officials who, with the help of scores of volunteers, constructed a palatial bowling alley without Berlin's knowledge or approval. In a city mired in disrepair, civic pride overcame resentment against a regime loathed for corruption, Stasi spies, and the Berlin Wall. Reconstructing such episodes through interviews and obscure archival mate ... More

Keywords: civic life, Leipzig, 1989 revolution, urban decay, corrupt regime, corruption, Stasi spies, Berlin Wall, communism, activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751660
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Demshuk, author
American University