The Role of the Masses in the Collapse of the GDR

  • Jonathan Grix

Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: The Collapse of the GDR; the Role of the Masses

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      Pages 1-5
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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      Pages 9-26
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      Pages 27-41
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
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      Pages 45-71
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      Pages 72-98
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  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
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      Pages 127-157
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 158-213

About this book


This book examines the role of the masses in the collapse of the East German regime and state in 1989 in the northern district of Schwerin. It shows the extent to which citizens of the GDR dictatorship were instrumental in their state's demise. The 'bottom-up' approach employed, in contrast to the study of power wielding elites and 'opposition', explores the shift in mood and behaviour of citizens which brought about the internal collapse of the state.


1989 chronology dictatorship

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Grix
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for German StudiesBirminghamUK

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