By Eric D. Weitz
Eric Weitz offers a social and political historical past of German communism from its beginnings on the finish of the 19th century to the cave in of the German Democratic Republic in 1990. within the first publication in English or in German to discover this whole interval, Weitz describes the emergence of the Communist get together of Germany (KPD) opposed to the history of Imperial and Weimar Germany, and obviously explains how the legacy of those classes formed the nature of the GDR to the very finish of its existence.
In Weimar Germany, social democrats and Germany's previous elites attempted frantically to self-discipline a disordered society. Their innovations drove communists out of the office and into the streets, the place the get together accrued supporters in confrontations with the police, fascist firms, or even socialists and hired employees. within the streets the celebration solid a politics of exhibit and spectacle, which inspired ideological pronouncements and vicious actual engagements instead of the mediation of sensible political concerns. Male actual prowess got here to be honored because the final innovative caliber. The KPD's gendered political tradition then contributed to the intransigence that characterised the German Democratic Republic all through its heritage. The communist leaders of the GDR remained imprisoned in guidelines solid within the Weimar Republic and have become tragically faraway from the needs and pursuits in their personal populace.
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