Department I: Communism and Society

 

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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Removal of the emblem of the SED on a building of the Central Committee on Werderscher Markt, 1990. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-0123-027 / Oberst, Klaus / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-0123-027, Berlin, SED-Symbol an ehem. ZK-Gebäude, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

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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Monday Demonstration in Leipzig on October 23, 1989. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1989-1023-022 / Friedrich Gahlbeck / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-1023-022, Leipzig, Montagsdemonstration, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

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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1989/90 is often considered a key caesura of the twentieth century. By looking at the long-term developments surrounding this historic event from the mid-1970s to the beginning of the new millennium, this project analyses the social changes that paved the way for and shaped all three stages: the...

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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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Organised voluntary engagement for the common good of the local community was and remains a constant feature in modern societies since the nineteenth century, and across very diverse political regimes. Using the venerable institution of Voluntary Fire Departments (VFD), this comparative project...

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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

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