Creating German Communism, 1890-1990: From Popular Protests to Socialist State / Edition 1

Creating German Communism, 1890-1990: From Popular Protests to Socialist State / Edition 1

by Eric D. Weitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691026823

ISBN-13: 9780691026824

Pub. Date: 12/23/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Eric Weitz presents a social and political history of German communism from its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the German Democratic Republic in 1990. In the first book in English or in German to explore this entire period, Weitz describes the emergence of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) against the background of Imperial

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Eric Weitz presents a social and political history of German communism from its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the German Democratic Republic in 1990. In the first book in English or in German to explore this entire period, Weitz describes the emergence of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) against the background of Imperial and Weimar Germany, and clearly explains how the legacy of these periods shaped the character of the GDR to the very end of its existence.

In Weimar Germany, social democrats and Germany's old elites tried frantically to discipline a disordered society. Their strategies drove communists out of the workplace and into the streets, where the party gathered supporters in confrontations with the police, fascist organizations, and even socialists and employed workers. In the streets the party forged a politics of display and spectacle, which encouraged ideological pronouncements and harsh physical engagements rather than the mediation of practical political issues. Male physical prowess came to be venerated as the ultimate revolutionary quality. The KPD's gendered political culture then contributed to the intransigence that characterized the German Democratic Republic throughout its history. The communist leaders of the GDR remained imprisoned in policies forged in the Weimar Republic and became tragically removed from the desires and interests of their own populace.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691026824
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/23/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction3
Ch. 1Regimes of Repression, Repertoires of Resistance18
Ch. 2War and Revolution and the Genesis of German Communism62
Ch. 3Reconstructing Order: State and Managerial Strategies in the Weimar Republic100
Ch. 4Contesting Order: Communists in the Workplace132
Ch. 5Contesting Order: Communists in the Streets160
Ch. 6The Gendering of German Communism188
Ch. 6Forging a Party Culture233
Ch. 8The Anni terribili: Communists under Two Dictatorships280
Ch. 9The Weimar Legacy and the Road to the DDR 1945-49311
Ch. 10The Primacy of Politics: State and Society in the DDR357
Conclusion: The End of a Tradition387
Bibliography395
Index431

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