Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic (Paperback)Paul Betts (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 488 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
this is a work of the highest level, crucial to the field, and a model of scholarship to be followed by historians of the GDR, Germany, and beyond for years to come. * Eli Rubin, Central European History *
... a great contribution to our knowledge of private life in the GDR. Yet for a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germany his contribution and especially his methodological approach are even more stimulating ... it will set higher standards for any work on the history of everyday life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. * Heikki Lempa, German History *
highly illuminating * Dorothee Wierling, German Historical Institute London Bulletin *
Betts provides not just a thought-provoking account of the nature of GDR society through the interaction between socialism and the private sphere; he also helps us understand better the nature of the GDRs collapse, and the continued significance of the GDRs semi-private social world ... Paul Betts has written a book that is central to a new understanding of the GDR, providing a sophisticated perspective on why the unloved state lasted for as long as it did * Jan Polmowski, Journal of Contemporary History *
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