'[Port's] study makes a significant contribution to the history of the GDR and to scholarly debate about the relationship between state and society in Stalinist states.' Donna Harsch, Carnegie Mellon University 'Port provides a compelling and eloquently written argument which brings us closer to understanding the precarious stability of the GDR and the highly nuanced internal workings of the regime. ... the detailed notes provide an exhaustive selection of secondary reading, and the broader context is clearly outlined for readers with a less detailed knowledge of the GDR.' The Slavonic and East European Review
Andrew I. Port is an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and a B.A. in history from Yale University. He has published articles in Social History and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Professor Port is a research associate at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and he was a visiting scholar at the Zentrum fur Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Contemporary Historical Research) in Potsdam, Germany.
Part I. Upheaval (1945-53): 1. Creating a 'new order' 2. The GDR's 'first strike' 3. The revolution manque of June 1953 Part II. The Calm after the Storm (1953-71): 4. The limits of repression 5. Exit, voice, and apathy 6. Power in the people's factories 7. Achieving harmony on the shop floor 8. Divide and rule? 9. 'I comes before we' in the countryside 10. 'Whatever happened to the classless society?'