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The crisis of the German left : the PDS, Stalinism, and the global economy /
Peter Thompson.
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New York : Berghahn Books, c2005.
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v, 136 p.
ISBN
1571815430
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imprint
New York : Berghahn Books, c2005.
isbn
1571815430
catalogue key
5348674
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Using Nietzsche's categories of monumentalist, antiquarian and critical history, the author examines the historical and theoretical contexts of the collapse of the GDR in 1989 and looks at the positive and negative legacies of the GDR for the PDS (the successor party to the East German Communists). He contends that the Stalinization of the GDR itself was the product not just of the Cold War but of a longer inter-systemic struggle between the competing primacies of politics and economics and that the end of the GDR has to be seen as a consequence of the global collapse of the social imperative under the pressure of the re-emergence of the market-state since the mid-1970s. The PDS is therefore stuck in dilemma in which any attempt to "arrive in the Federal Republic" (Brie) is criticized as a readiness to accept the dominance of the market over society whereas any attempt to prioritize social imperatives over the market is attacked as a form of unreconstructed Stalinism. The book offers some suggestions as to how to escape from this dilemma by returning to the critical rather than monumentalist and antiquarian traditions of the workers' movement.
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Using Nietzsche's categories of monumentalism, antiquarian and critical history, the author examines the historical and theoretical contexts of the collapse of the GDR in 1989 and looks at the positive and negative legacies of the GDR for the PDS (the successor party to the East German Communists).
Table of Contents
On the uses and disadvantages of history for the PDSp. 15
The long cold war and the short political centuryp. 44
The PDS : Marx's baby or Stalin's bathwater?p. 80
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