Department I: Communism and Society

 
Heads of Department: Dr. Juliane Fürst, Dr. Jens Gieseke

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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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 USSR and the German Question – Moscow and Chicago – Contemporary Historians during the Cold War

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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 - Cold War Tourism

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The communist Paul Merker - The New Left - West emigrants

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Hippies in the Soviet Union - Gewalt in der Sowjetarmee - KGB in the Last Decade of the Soviet Union - Russia from Brezhnew to Putin

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