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Don't Need No Thought Control: Western Culture in East Germany and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Don't Need No Thought Control: Western Culture in East Germany and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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The fall of the Berlin Wall is typically understood as the culmination of political-economic trends that fatally weakened the East German state. Meanwhile, comparatively little attention has been paid to the cultural dimension of these dramatic events, particularly the role played by Western mass media and consumer culture. With a focus on the 1970s and 1980s, Don’t Need No Thought Control explores the dynamic interplay of popular unrest, intensifying economic crises, and cultural policies under Erich Honecker. It shows how the widespread influence of (and public demands for) Western cultural products forced GDR leaders into a series of grudging accommodations that undermined state power to a hitherto underappreciated extent.

ISBN

978-1-78920-733-0

Publication Date

6-2020

Publisher

Berghahn Books

City

New York

Disciplines

European History

Don't Need No Thought Control: Western Culture in East Germany and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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