Behind the Berlin Wall East Germany and the frontiers of power / Patrick Major

Author(s): Major, Patrick
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Subjects: Power (Social sciences)--Germany (East)--History
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
Walls--Social aspects--Germany (East)--History
Boundaries--Social aspects--Germany (East)--History
Cold War
Germany (East)--History
Germany (East)--Politics and government
Germany (East)--Social conditions
Germany (East)--Boundaries--Germany (West)
Germany (West)--Boundaries--Germany (East)
Formats: Electronic Resource, Remote
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
LC Classification: D, DD
Alternate Titles: Print version: Major, Patrick. Behind the Berlin Wall. (DLC) 2009026991 (OCoLC)401164361 Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010 9780199243280
Additional Authors: Oxford University Press
Notes: ISBN: 9780191567537 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 0191567531 (electronic bk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Introduction : the frontiers of power -- East Germany's dual crisis : politics and economics on the eve of the Wall -- Crossing the line : Republikflucht between defection and migration -- Holding the line : policing the open border -- Walled in : 13 August 1961 -- In the shadow of the Wall : coming to terms with Communism -- Wanderlust : travel, emigration and the movement -- The fall of the Wall : 9 November 1989 -- Seeking closure : remembering the Wall
On 13 August 1961 eighteen million East Germans awoke to find themselves walled in by an edifice which was to become synonymous with the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. This new history rejects traditional, top-down approaches to Cold War politics, exploring instead how the border closure affected ordinary East Germans, from workers and farmers to teenagers and even party members, 'caught out' by Sunday the Thirteenth. Party, police and Stasi reports reveal why one in six East Germans fled the country during the 1950s, undermining communist rule and forcing the eleventh-hour decision by Khrushchev and Ulbricht to build a wall along the Cold War's frontline. Did East Germans resist or come to terms with immurement? Did the communist regime become more or less dictatorial within the confines of the so-called 'Antifascist Defence Rampart'? Using film and literature, but also the GDR's losing battle against Beatlemania, Patrick Major's cross-disciplinary study suggests that popular culture both reinforced and undermined the closed society. Linking external and internal developments, Major argues that the GDR's official quest for international recognition, culminating in Ostpolitik and United Nations membership in the early 1970s, became its undoing, unleashing a human rights movement which fed into, but then broke with, the protests of 1989. After exploring the reasons for the fall of the Wall and reconstructing the heady days of the autumn revolution, the author reflects on the fate of the Wall after 1989, as it moved from demolition into the realm of memory
Description based on print version record
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 321 p.) : ill
OCLC Number: 516290074
ISBN/ISSN: 9780191567537
0191567531

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