The Stasi

The East German Intelligence and Security Service

  • David Childs
  • Richard Popplewell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David Childs, Richard Popplewell
    Pages 1-32
  3. David Childs, Richard Popplewell
    Pages 66-81
  4. David Childs, Richard Popplewell
    Pages 82-111
  5. David Childs, Richard Popplewell
    Pages 112-141
  6. David Childs, Richard Popplewell
    Pages 142-173
  7. David Childs, Richard Popplewell
    Pages 193-195
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 196-253

About this book


The Stasi were among the most successful security and intelligence services in the Cold War. Behind the Berlin Wall, colleagues, friends, husbands and wives, informed on each other. Stasi chief, General Mielke, prided himself on this situation. Under Marcus Wolf, Stasi agents were spectacularly successful in gaining entry into the West German Establishment and NATO. Some remain undiscovered. Now, for the first time in English, two British experts reveal how the Stasi operated. Based on a wealth of sources, including interviews with former Stasi officers and their victims, the book tells a fascinating yet frightening story of unbridled power, misguided idealism, treachery, widespread opportunism and lonely courage.


chronology communism Germany

Authors and affiliations

  • David Childs
    • 1
  • Richard Popplewell
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK
  2. 2.University of SalfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-77207-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-15054-0
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