Within Walls PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Within Walls free pdf 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 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.

About Paul Betts

Paul Betts joined St Anthony's College Oxford as Professor of Modern European History in October 2012. Prior to this, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1996-1999, and at the University of Sussex, 2000-2012. He has published numerous works on post-war German history, including The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design (2004), and was the joint editor of the journal German History from 2003-2009.

Details Book

Author : Paul Betts
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Data Published : 28 October 2010
ISBN : 0199208840
EAN : 9780199208845
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 368 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Within Walls

17 Comments Add a comment

Related eBooks Download

  • Private Sydney (Private) free pdfPrivate Sydney (Private)

    The world's bestselling thriller writer teams up with Australia's bestselling crime writer for the latest action-packed instalment of the PRIVATE series. Even for Private Investigations..

  • Private Security and the Investigative Process free pdfPrivate Security and the Investigative Process

    Covers techniques and trade secrets that are applicable for use in both public law enforcement as well as private sector and corporate security investigations..

  • Private: #1 Suspect  : Private Series, Book 4 free pdfPrivate: #1 Suspect : Private Series, Book 4

    Unsolvable cases

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private. it has become the world's most effective investigation firm

  • Private Games  free pdfPrivate Games

    Private has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins..

  • Public and Private Spaces of the City free pdfPublic and Private Spaces of the City

    The subdivision of our social world and the spaces we inhabit into public and private spheres is one of the key features of how a society organizes itself. This affects individuals' mental states and experiences..

  • Within Walls free pdfWithin Walls

    ePub Books Free Download. 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 par