ISBN-10:
0674010450
ISBN-13:
9780674010451
Pub. Date:
04/15/2003
Publisher:
Harvard
The Last Revolutionaries: German Communists and Their Century

The Last Revolutionaries: German Communists and Their Century

by Catherine EpsteinCatherine Epstein
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Overview

Drawing on previously inaccessible sources and extensive personal interviews, Epstein offers an unparalleled portrait of the most enduring and influential generation of Central European communists. In the service of their party, these communists experienced solidarity and betrayal, power and persecution, sacrifice and reward, triumph and defeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674010451
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Catherine Epstein is Assistant Professor of History at Amherst College.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Outcasts: Communists in the Weimar Republic

2. Persecuted: At Home and Abroad after 1933

3. Survivors: Communists during World War II

4. Victors: The Founding of East Germany

5. Purged: Veteran Communists and Stalinist Terror

6. Rulers: East German Politics during the Ulbricht Era

7. Legends: Veteran Communists as Antifascist Heroes

8. Outdated: East German Generational Dynamics

Epilogue

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

V. R. Berghahn

A path breaking study that explores the world of veteran communists and puts forward fresh interpretations of their peculiar mentality. Moving well beyond traditional institutional and organizational analyses of communism, Epstein demonstrates in her richly documented collective biography how social conditioning and experiences during a time of struggle and sacrifice prior to 1945 shaped the ideologies and policies of this small band of East German leaders. Essential reading for an understanding of the communist mind and of communist practice.
V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University

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