German History since 1945
Feb. 1, 2000
Lecture 7: Foundations of the SED State
Office hours this Wednesday are changed: instead of 11-12, they'll be 10-10:30.
Films will all be in
Böll handout on back;
discussion will be next Tuesday, Feb. 8!
Strategy of "interior monologs" filled with obsessive memories
Who are the lambs? Why? What happens to them? Who are the beasts? Their fates?
Is Johanna a lamb? How does she relate to Edith?
Term paper topics: book call numbers: DD257-DD290; textbook notes and bib. pp. 385-394
1945 conjuncture; Marshall Plan; 1948 blockade/airlift; constitutions; Stalin notes; "economic miracle"; 1953 uprising; 1955 Moscow visit; trials of Nazis; Berlin Wall; "rediscovery" of Nazism; authors (Grass, Böll, Borchert, Walser, …); E. German dissidents (Havemann, Herrenstadt, Zaisser, …); major politicians (Adenauer, Ulbricht; Brandt, Honnecker); Spiegel affair; 1968 in East (Prague Spring) and West (emergency laws, Vietnam); right-wing parties; left-wing terrorism; teaching the Holocaust; films (Holocaust, Heimat, Schindler's List); 1989;
Question about General Education category E2 "World Civilization and Thought"
Political parties east and west
Source interpretations: Western vs. Eastern perspectives
US Secretary of State Byrnes' Stuttgart speech, Sept. 1946 (R4)
George Marshall's March 1947 Moscow speech (R5)
Churchill Oct. 1942 vs. Oct. 1948
Eisenhower's July 1953 letter (R8)
The 1953 uprising
Western provocation vs. Eastern (Soviet) repression?
Prof. Rempel's lecture notes
(under on-line courses on the web site)
Periods of GDR history (by GDR historians in the 1980s)
1945-49: antifascist-democratic transformation
1949-61: building the foundations of socialism
1961-70: development of a socialist society
1971-84: maturation of socialist society