East German Intellectuals and the Unification of Germany

An Ethnographic View

  • Dan Bednarz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-6
  3. Dan Bednarz
    Pages 7-180
  4. Dan Bednarz
    Pages 217-247
  5. Dan Bednarz
    Pages 249-250
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-269

About this book


This book discusses the reunification of Germany and the negative impacts that this had on East German intellectuals. The book is an ethnographic account of how the intellectuals of East Germany reacted to the demise of their nation, their “dream” of a socialist world, and unification with capitalist West Germany. Part I covers unification, 1990-91; Part II presents a quarter century later follow-up with one-fourth of those interviewed in 1990-91; and Part III examines the case from three social science perspectives.


Cold war German Democratic Republic GDR intelligentsia Cultural studies Socialism

Authors and affiliations

  • Dan Bednarz
    • 1
  1. 1.Bristol Community CollegeFall RiverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42950-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42951-9
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