Department I: Communism and Society

 
Heads of Department: Dr. Jens Gieseke, N.N.

In Department I, research is focused on the social practices of governance in the GDR and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and especially on the transformation processes in the last third of the twentieth century including and extending beyond the sea change of 1989–91.

A key emphasis is placed on linking various national research cultures into a transnational understanding of history. Areas of specialization are the history of violence in Eastern Europe and the transformation of burgeoning civil-society movements and social structures in late and post-communism.

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Publications and Events on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the October Revolution.

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Collaborative project with the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. Funded by the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship

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Ministry of State Security Foreign Aid – East German Popular Opinion – Social History of the SED Dictatorship – Alternative Concepts of Life in East and West – Impact of the Construction of the Berlin Wall

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Project leader: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Kerstin Brückweh
Postdoc: Anja Schröter
PhD students: Kathrin Zöller, Clemens Villinger

Funded 2016-2019 by the Leibniz Association as part of the Leibniz Competition

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The network investigates the relationship between physical violence and state legitimacy in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, addressing the following questions: How did the state control violence after Stalin? How did political legitimation change after 1956? How were these changes related...

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The project is an international collaboration within the D-A-CH programme between Prof. Dr. Thomas Lindenberger, Center for Contemporary History (ZZF) Potsdam, Germany, and Prof. Dr. Philipp Ther, University of Vienna, Austria, financed by the DFG, Germany, as the Lead Agency, and the FWF,...

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The USSR and the German Question – Moscow and Chicago – Western Émigrés – The New Left and Theory – Maritime Accidents – Sexism in East Germany – Pforzheim: City of Arrival – Contemporary Historians during the Cold War – People’s Police in Socialist Romania – Politically Motivated Forced...

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