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By Mary Fulbrook

based at the ruins of Hitler's defeated 3rd Reich, and missing any intrinsic legitimacy, the German Democratic Republic however grew to become the main good and winning nation within the Soviet bloc. but within the "gentle revolution" of 1989 it collapsed with startling velocity. How can this striking tale of political balance through unexpected implosion be explained?

With the hole of the East German documents, it really is finally attainable to seem contained in the it seems that impregnable dictatorship. Mary Fulbrook offers a compelling interpretation of buildings of strength and styles of renowned opinion in the GDR. This soaking up examine explores the ways that the tentacles of the all-pervading country captured East German society within the grip of Stasi, social gathering, and mass firms, and analyzes the emergence within the Eighties of oppositional cultures below the ambivalent safeguard of a Protestant Church which had come to phrases with the communist state.

In combining cautious archival learn with broader theoretical and ancient interpretation, Anatomy of a Dictatorship makes an important contribution to debates on fresh German heritage and the nature of latest Germany.

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