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Dissolution:
The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany
Charles S. Maier

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface xi
Chapter One Losing Faith 3
Believers and Victims 3
Real Existing Socialism 22
Privilege, Secrecy, and Complicity 32
A Tethered Consciousness 52
Chapter Two The Economic Collapse 59
The Debt Crisis and the Contradictions of Comecon 59
The Costs of Computerization 73
Retreat from Reform: State Socialism in Retrospect 78
The Archaeology of Coal and Steel 97
Chapter Three The Autumn Upheaval 108
Prologue: A Revolution in Germany 108
Decomposition and Flight 120
Two Languages of Revolution 131
Monday Nights in Leipzig 135
Berlin: Rulers and Ruled 146
Chapter Four Protagonists of the Transition 168
New Forums and Round Tables 169
Redeeming "Civil Society" 185
Political Parties and the Elections of March 18, 1990 195
Chapter Five Unification 215
Still Masters of the Game? Soviet Policy Shifts on Germany 216
2 = 1 or 1 = 1? The Economics of Unification 227
2 + 4 = 1: The Diplomacy of Unification 244
Chapter Six Anschluss and Melancholy 285
Between Two Berlins, 1990 285
Between Socialism and Capitalism 290
Abwicklung: Academic Purge and Renewal 303
Stasi Stains: The Old Regime on Trial 311
Epilogue Wrapped Reichstag, 1995 330
Notes 339
A Note on Sources 421
Index 427

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