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Beyond the Wall: East Germany, 1949-1990

European History, General European History, German History
Hardback Published on: 06/04/2023
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Beyond the Wall
The Land That Time Forgot.....
Katja Hoyer's book is a brilliantly told story of East Germany- from the beginning, to the end. From its foundation, by Germans who had escaped the Nazi's,... READ MORE
Paul Thornton
Beyond the Wall
Beyond expectations
Katja Hoyer returns with another fascinating recount of the complex history of Germany, this time focusing on The German Democratic Republic. Hoyer provide... READ MORE
Chris Ross

Synopsis

A fascinating in-depth analysis of the political and cultural identity of East Germany from acclaimed historian Katja Hoyer

Shortlisted for Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2023

Synopsis

In 1990, a country disappeared. When the iron curtain fell, East Germany simply ceased to be. For over forty years, from the ruin of the Second World War to the cusp of a new millennium, the GDR presented a radically different German identity to anything that had come before, and anything that exists today. Socialist solidarity, secret police, central planning, barbed wire: this was a Germany forged on the fault lines of ideology and geopolitics. In Beyond the Wall, acclaimed historian Katja Hoyer offers a kaleidoscopic new vision of this vanished country. Beginning with the bitter experience of German Marxists exiled by Hitler, she traces the arc of the state they would go on to create, first under the watchful eye of Stalin, and then in an increasingly distinctive German fashion. From the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, to the relative prosperity of the 1970s, and on to the creaking foundations of socialism in the mid-1980s, Hoyer argues that amid oppression and frequent hardship, East Germany was yet home to a rich political, social and cultural landscape, a place far more dynamic than the Cold War caricature often painted in the West. Powerfully told, and drawing on a vast array of never-before-seen interviews, letters and records, this is the definitive history of the other Germany, the one beyond the Wall

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241553787
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 760g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 46 mm

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Beyond the Wall
East Berlin
By happenstance I was in East Berlin the night the border was opened. I remember the streams of East Berliner flocking to the East/West Berlin border posts... READ MORE
John Harwood
Beyond the Wall
Well written account of the rise and fall of the GDR.
A really interesting and balanced account of the history of the GDR. Would recommend it to anyone who is interested in German, socialist or economic histo... READ MORE
daniel Quinlan
Beyond the Wall
A full colour account of life in the GDR.
Germany became a unitary state in January 1871 with borders unfamiliar to us in 2023. In 1945 at the end of the Second World War that state was split down ... READ MORE
James McNeill