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The crisis of the German left : the PDS, Stalinism and the global economy / Peter Thompson
Bib ID 3427646
Format BookBook
Author
Thompson, Peter, 1960 July 22-
 
Description New York : Berghahn Books, 2004 
v, 136 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 1571815430
Series

Monographs in German history ; v. 13.

Summary

"Using Nietzsche's categories of monumentalist, antiquarian and critical history, the author examines the historical and theoretical contexts of the collapse of the GDR in 1989 and looks at the positive and negative legacies of the GDR for the PDS (the successor party to the East German Communists). He contends that the Stalinization of the GDR itself was the product not just of the Cold War but of a longer inter-systemic struggle between the competing primacies of politics and economics and that the end of the GDR has to be seen as a consequence of the global collapse of the social imperative under the pressure of the re-emergence of the market-state since the mid-1970s."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. On the uses and disadvantages of history for the PDS
  • Ch. 2. The long cold war and the short political century
  • Ch. 3. The PDS : Marx's baby or Stalin's bathwater?
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-132) and index.

Subjects Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus (Germany)  |  Communism -- Germany (East) -- History.  |  Globalization.  |  Germany -- Politics and government -- 1990-  |  Germany -- Economic conditions -- 1990-  |  Germany -- Social conditions -- 1990-

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