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Published: 26 November 2009

336 Pages | 12 b/w illustrations, numerous maps


ISBN: 9780199243280

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Behind the Berlin Wall

East Germany and the Frontiers of Power

Patrick Major

  • The symbol of the Cold War, as seen 'from below'
  • Covers the entire history of the GDR and beyond, from 1945 to the present day
  • Provocatively argues that Beatlemania and not Kennedy, ordinary letter-writers and not dissident elites, finally undermined the Wall through people power
  • Innovative cultural approach - draws on music, film, and East German spy thrillers