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- DescriptionThis book is an exploration of the ecomic history of the German Democratic Republic, with an emphasis upon its confrontation by and contribution towards ecomic and military competition on the world stage. Beginning with an analysis of the Soviet bloc as a state-capitalist formation, the GDR's ecomic history is charted, with detailed examinations of the challenges to Soviet-style autarky that were posed by the globalising world market, as well as of GDR policymakers' attempts to use Western imports and credits as a 'whip' to spur growth. The book's central section consists of an exploration of the ambivalent attitudes of East German policymakers and industrialists towards their West German counterparts in the 1980s, as the whip was transformed into an ever-tightening ose of debt. Here, a prodigious range of secondary sources as well as hitherto unpublished documents from the archives of the old regime are drawn upon to document the means by which relative ecomic decline and dependency upon Western institutions came to constrain the options available to the East German menklatura. Finally, this study analyses the political ecomy of the 1989 revolution and unification and of post-unification Eastern Germany.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Gareth Dale teaches international political economy, international relations and German politics at the University of Wales, Swansea. He has published widely on German politics and history and is joint editor, with Mike Cole, of The European Union and Migrant Labour.
- Author(s)Dr. Gareth Dale
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/04/2004
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Content Note2 fig., 7 tables
- Weight540 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
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