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.
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