Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR 1949-1989

by Mary Fulbrook

Crisp, well functioning overview of a complex subject. A little padded and the intro/conclusion could have had more force, but ultimately this a trusted text on the East German political structure and culture, and in an effective piece in the history of that society. Also frames a workable discussion of main historiography on this region and era, although not recent or extensive enough to truly bridge these elements.

Better than: After Hitler by Konrad Jarausch
Worse than: Divided Memory by Jeffrey Herf

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