Individual research projects of Department II

LDPD – Erfurt, Social Inequality in East Germany, The Süßmuth Glassworks, History of the European Commission



Playground in Halle/Saale. Foto: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B0909-0014-002 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0909-0014-002, Halle, Halle-Süd, Wohnblocks, Spielplatz, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Social Inequality in East Germany 1980–2000
The Material Situations of Employee Households in Changing Times

Christopher Banditt

Asociated PhD project

Within this PhD project, the socio–economic situations of East German employee households from 1980 until 2000—thus embedding the epochal break of 1989/90—will be researched. By focusing on material resources (household income, housing situation,...

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Logo of the Liberal-Demokratische Partei Deutschlands (LDPD). Image: WorldlyVoice, LDPD logo transparent, CC BY-SA 4.0

Regional Party Activities and Room for Manoeuvre of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPD) in the District of Erfurt in the German Democratic Republic between the Construction and Fall of the Wall

Marlene Heihsel

Associated PhD project

As a bloc party under the regime of the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) in the GDR, the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany (LDPD) only had a small scope for an independent political identity and programme. The party’s primary function (just...

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The site of the former Glashütte Süßmuth. Photo: Axel Hindemith, Glasmuseum Immenhausen Glashütte Süssmuth, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Süßmuth Glassworks in West Germany, 1969-1996

Christiane Mende

Associated PhD project

In 1970, the glass factory Süßmuth in the North Hessian town of Immenhausen was taken over by its workers. It was the first enterprise under workers’ control in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. The employer and the workers thereby...

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