Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Paul Betts

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Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

Within Walls Private Life in the German Democratic Republic Private life in the German Democratic Republic GDR is often seen as having been virtually non existent simply another East German commodity forever in short supply In part this had to do with the com

  • Title: Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic
  • Author: Paul Betts
  • ISBN: 9780199668298
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Private life in the German Democratic Republic GDR is often seen as having been virtually non existent, simply another East German commodity forever in short supply In part this had to do with the common perception that private life and state socialism were at odds by definition, to the extent that the private person has no legal identity or political standing outside tPrivate life in the German Democratic Republic GDR is often seen as having been virtually non existent, simply another East German commodity forever in short supply In part this had to do with the common perception that private life and state socialism were at odds by definition, to the extent that the private person has no legal identity or political standing outside the socialist community The East German regime s infamous surveillance techniques, best illustrated in the notorious exploits of the state s sprawling security force the Stasi and its reserve army of unofficial collaborators , further dramatized the full penetration of the state into the private sphere Within Walls takes a different perspective Paul Betts shows how, despite the primacy of public identities, the private sphere assumed central importance in the GDR from the very outset, and was especially pronounced in the regime s former capital city In a world in which social interaction was heavily monitored, private life functioned for many citizens as a cherished arena of individuality, alternative identity formation, and potential dissent The book carefully charts the changing meaning of private life in the GDR across a variety of fields, ranging from law to photography, religion to interior decoration, family living to memoir literature, revealing the myriad ways in which privacy was expressed, staged, and defended by citizens living in a communist society.

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    One thought on “Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic

    1. Britlyn on said:

      Engaging, intriguing, informative, and unique history. Really just an impressive work and did an excellent job informing a relative newcomer to Eastern German history by examining its social history through various lenses.

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