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Title: Who were ‘the people’? Classes and movements in East Germany, 1989
Authors: Dale, G
Keywords: East Germany;1989;Class;Intelligentsia;Industrial relations;Social movements
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Capital and Class, 34(2): 215 - 233, (June 2010)
Abstract: There is no shortage of literature on the East German revolution of 1989, but class analyses have been few and far between. In this paper, I survey a number of interpretations of the class composition of the 1989 movements—namely, that they comprised ‘the people’ or the intelligentsia—and find them wanting. I also subject Linda Fuller’s thesis on the non-participation of the working class to detailed examination. Against Fuller, I show that workers were involved en masse, and that although the decisive part they played was on the streets, this movement synergised with upheaval in workplaces, too.
ISSN: 0309-8168
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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