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The Fall of the GDR : Themes in Modern German History Series - David Childs

The Fall of the GDR

Themes in Modern German History Series

Paperback Published: 19th February 2001
ISBN: 9780582315693
Number Of Pages: 206

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An inside look at the collapse of the German Democratic Republic!

  • Uses first hand interviews of key GDR figures
  • Includes information from never-before seen documentary material
  • The Fall of the GDR will establish itself as the standard account of events for the foreseeable future.
Focusing on the momentous events of 1989-90, this meticulous and authoritative review of the collapse of the GDR uses first-hand interview material with a number of the leading figures from the CDU, PSD and MdB to provide a detailed account and analysis of the collapse of East Germany. David Childs provides an account of the regime and the GDR as a state and its collapse in the face of developments in East Europe and the USSR. The Fall of the GDR also includes an examination of the democratic elections and the reunification of Germany. A sampling of the people interviewed includes: Andre Andrich, Neues Forum; Dr Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, MdB, former President of the Volkskammer, Dr Heinrich Bortfeldt, SED; Dr Manfred Braune, CDU, Dr Eberhard Brecht, MdB; Col Prof. Dr Helmut Eck; Dr Helmut Ettinger, formerly diplomatic service of the GDR, PDS, Berlin, Egon Krenz, formerly Gen Secretary of the SED and Chairman of the Council of State of the GDR, Roland May, SPD Leipzig; Prof. Dr Walter Friedrich, former Director of the Institut fur Jugendforschung, Leipzig; Horst Gibtner, MdB, former Minister of Transport of the GDR; Dr Wolfgang Gudenschwager, CDU, Berlin; Dr Kietmar Keller, MdB, former Minister of Culture of GDR; Captain Wilfried Mannewitz, formerly of the MfS The Fall of the GDR It will establish itself as the standard account of events for the foreseeable future and is a must read for anyone interested in the history of Germany or who follows resurgent Germany and its role in today's Europe.

David Childs is a professor of German Politics at the Universtiy of Nottingham in England. He has worked on East Germany since the 1950s and has visited many times. He was a lifelong critic of the regime and has cultivated an extensive list of contacts from all walks of life during this period, including politicians, government ministers and

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"a well-written narrative history...should be read by anyone who is interested in the decline and fall of communism" Contemporary Review, vol. 281, no. 1638, July 2002

List of abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
The GDR in 1988--a stable state?p. 1
Geriatrics lead the SEDp. 1
Who were the 'prisoners' of Wandlitz?p. 2
Lenin: 'not deceived by ... slogans like freedom'p. 8
The Politburop. 9
Democratic Centralismp. 11
The SED's leading rolep. 12
The 1986 XI Congress of the SEDp. 14
Allies of the SEDp. 16
Reagan (1987): 'Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'p. 17
Sputnik bannedp. 18
The GDR's flawed developmentp. 22
A modern economy--in 1945p. 22
Lack of raw materialsp. 23
Ulbricht's unrealistic targetsp. 23
Oil imports and defence burdensp. 25
West German help to the GDRp. 27
Intershop resentmentp. 28
Poor housingp. 30
Lack of GDR identity?p. 30
The views of youthp. 32
The Stasi and the internal security of the GDRp. 36
From K-5 to MfSp. 36
The Stasi and the policep. 37
The Stasi, the SED and educationp. 39
Literary informersp. 40
The cases of Fuchs, Havemann and Biermannp. 40
'Swords into ploughshares'p. 43
'Let us leave!'p. 43
Mielke's Potemkin villagep. 45
Mielke and Krenzp. 47
Isolation of 'enemy negative persons'p. 48
Coping with Gorbachevp. 51
Gorbachev, 'a sharp debater'p. 51
Moscow, Bonn and East Berlinp. 52
Perestroika and glasnostp. 54
Hungary changes coursep. 56
Solidarity wins in Polandp. 58
In Prague a 'velvet revolution'p. 59
Ceausescu goes in Romaniap. 60
China resists democracyp. 61
Gorbachev 1989: 'Life punishes those who come too late'p. 64
Gorbachev: 'blatant ... electoral fraud'p. 66
Hungarians allow East Germans to go Westp. 67
'Gorby, help us'p. 68
Honecker: 'Don Quixote's futile charge'p. 70
'An unbridled campaign of agitation and slander'p. 71
The 'miracle of Leipzig'p. 71
The birth of the opposition partiesp. 77
New Forump. 77
Democracy Nowp. 77
Social democracy re-appearsp. 78
Democratic Awakeningp. 79
Other opposition partiesp. 80
The fifty days of Egon Krenzp. 82
'Stony-faced' Honecker replaced by Krenzp. 82
1 November: Gorbachev's 'Judas kiss'p. 83
4 November: Alexanderplatzp. 84
8 November: The Politburo resignsp. 84
9 November: The Wall openedp. 86
International reactions to events in the GDRp. 92
Thatcher: 'rather apprehensive'p. 92
Kohl's ten pointsp. 93
Poland: 'The wheel of history will not be turned back'p. 94
Washington: 'profoundly uneasy with the idea'p. 95
Mitterrand: 'I am not afraid of German re-unification'p. 97
Gorbachev: 'We had finally crossed the Rubicon'p. 98
Modrow's fight to save the GDRp. 102
Modrow's coalition governmentp. 102
Demonstrations continuep. 104
Round Table talksp. 105
Exit the SED, enter the SED-PDSp. 106
Public opinion testedp. 108
The Brandenburg Gate openedp. 109
The SED-PDS dissolving?p. 111
Modrow's 'government of national responsibility'p. 112
Gorbachev seals the GDR's fatep. 114
The free elections of March 1990p. 117
Gysi: 'A strong opposition for the weak'p. 117
The Alliance for Germany formedp. 118
Kohl: 'We will build a flourishing land together'p. 121
Brandt: 'What belongs together will grow together'p. 122
Grass: 'There can be no demand for ... a unified nation'p. 124
Genscher pulls centre togetherp. 124
Bundnis 90 and other groupsp. 125
Electoral lawp. 126
Results: some surprisesp. 128
German unity achievedp. 134
The grand coalitionp. 134
Who were the Volkskammer members?p. 134
'We ask the Jews ... for pardon'p. 137
Professors of Marxism-Leninism retiredp. 138
Monetary, economic and social unionp. 139
False dawn for the Western SPDp. 140
Goodbye Marx and Engelsp. 140
Two Plus Fourp. 143
The Oder-Neisse Linep. 145
'The terrible suffering inflicted on the Polish people'p. 147
'This rushed take-over by the Germans'p. 148
The grand coalition collapsesp. 150
The GDR leaves the Warsaw Pactp. 151
The Volkskammer and the Bundestag vote for unityp. 153
'The war is finally over'p. 154
Further victories for Kohlp. 155
Switzerland and Sweden as models?p. 157
United Germany in 2000p. 157
Chronologyp. 160
Brief biographiesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 171
Mapp. 179
Index of namesp. 181
General indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780582315693
ISBN-10: 0582315697
Series: Themes in Modern German History Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 19th February 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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