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Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall by [Vaizey, Hester]
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Length: 238 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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`She has delivered a fascinating glimpse into the lives of others.' Daily Mail `Hester Vaizey's is the sort of scholarship I relish: detailed, plentiful new material to satisfy historians and sociologists, but respectful too of a more general readership.' Rebecca K Morrison, Independent `Above all, her honesty, both regarding her methodology and her reactions to the interviewees' stories, is refreshing.' The Writer's Drawer `A carefully-researched exploration of a disappeared society and the complexities of transition from one set of social and economic expectations to another. This is a thorough and sympathetic account of Germany's Unification generation.' Anne McElvoy, The Economist, and author of The Saddled Cow: East Germany's Life and Legacy `Born in the GDR is a helpful contribution to an understanding of the complexities of life then and its consequences now.' Ulrike Zitzlsperger, Times Higher Education

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The changes that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 were particularly dramatic for East Germans. With the German Democratic Republic effectively taken over by West Germany in the reunification process, nothing in their lives was immune from change and upheaval: from the way they voted, the newspapers they read, to the brand of butter they bought.

But what was it really like to go from living under communism one minute, to capitalism the next? What did the East Germans make of capitalism? And how do they remember the GDR today? Are their memories dominated by fear and loathing of the Stasi state, or do they look back with a measure of fondness and regret on a world of guaranteed employment and low living costs?

This is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how these dramatic changes affected them. All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in a socialist system when the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but also into how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the
fall of the Wall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5668 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0198718748
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (9 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N9S5M1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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